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November 28, 2005

Quotes for the Sake of Quotes

A very thought provocative article [computerweekly.com] appeared in my inbox today. Now, it's unfortunate that the article I'm about to pick on has to do with women in IT, but I just thought of this when reading it. My opinions have nothing to do with the topic of the article, just some of the content. In particular, the last quote of the article.

Margaret Moran MP, a member of the Parliamentary backbench committee for women and the information technology group, said, “We need to grow the number of women in IT, otherwise the UK's leading position in the IT world will be severely threatened.��?

Um, okay, how exactly does having a lack of one gender in a specific field threaten a country's position in that field? That's like saying a shortage of straight (i.e. not homosexual) designers in the fashion industry will threaten Paris' position in that industry. It sounds kind of ludacris when put like that, huh?

Sometimes I think that people (ahem, people with an agenda or ignorant people) make quotes just to hear themselves talk. It's quite unfortunate that the female sector of the UK's IT industry is being represented by this quote-spouting woman.

Update: Oh, sorry, she's a politician. I get it now.

Posted by Guy at November 28, 2005 6:06 PM