"IT Chicks" in North Carolina
On March 27, 2012, Wendy Cheek and Kim Pardue, both faculty members at Clemmons Middle School in Winston-Salem, NC, along with Brooke Johnson, a WSFC Schools Intern, hosted "IT CHICKS," in the school media center. Forty five parents and daughters attended. They were invited to attend the program to learn more about the wide range of IT jobs in the community, how to overcome stereotypes, and the ways for parents to support their daughter's interests toward successful futures in the IT world. Parents and daughters enjoyed a snack supper together, while Ms. Cheek and Ms. Pardue shared information about gender stereotyping, as well as the wide range of jobs and careers in the IT field. After the session, a panel of local professional women from various IT jobs, shared their personal career path stories and answered questions from parents and daughters. A lively discussion ensued and the evening wrapped up with door prizes.The grand prize was a Kindle Fire and a $50.00 Amazon gift card. Other door prizes included baseball tickets, manicures, restaurant gift certificates, and other gifts from local business. Everyone was a winner with their new found knowledge about IT careers for girls. The educational program was an enjoyable evening for daughters and parents to meet local IT role models and learn more about the many opportunities for women in IT.