Geek gals: Can the Twin Cities lead in helping women take their place in high tech?


By Elizabeth Millard, The Line

“As Minnesota builds its technology sector and continues its path to becoming Silicon Prairie, one issue seems to stand out: there are still mostly men in all those software development seats.

Women hold a place at many companies and associations–most notably, Margaret Anderson Kelliher helms the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)–but when it comes to sheer numbers, the gender imbalance can be stark.

“We’ve really tried to hire more women as software engineers, but we have a hard time finding them and bringing them in,” says Shivani Khanna, a Software Development Manager at St. Cloud-based W3i. “Unfortunately, in the seven years I’ve been here, there hasn’t been much change, despite many efforts.”

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