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Discussion on: The Enormous Diversity Problem at AWS re:Invent 2017

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Donna Malayeri

As a woman in tech, I was actually surprised by the gender imbalance at re:Invent. I might be wrong, but most Microsoft conferences had better ratios.

I think AWS could have done more, such as having diversity scholarships. Microsoft does this, see

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Richard Hurt

It appeared to me as though there were more women at this year's re:Invent than in previous ones; not by a large margin, but it was there.

I teach programming to 8th graders a couple of times a month and I'm always encouraged by the students that really seem engaged. In fact, the girls seem to be the quickest to catch on and go beyond the specifications of the project. Disappointment sets in when I talk to them after class they don't have any desire to move into an IT career. I'm not sure what else we can do.