Re: Few female tech grads
"So much of parenting is about personal choices, ... "
Choices and responsibility. Parents need to guide the new beings, but how do they guide them when it's some of them the ones who need guidance in life? Where is parenting school?
If you want to become an engineer you go to university and study engineering and other things. Where do you go and what do you study when you want to become a parent? Learning on the go doesn't seem to work well in most cases. The evidence is all around us in society.
" ... and I see some friends who raise their children in very gender neutral environments and others who are all about the girl and boy distinctions in clothing, toys, nursery decor, etc. pretty much from the moment the baby arrives."
Raising children in gender neutral environments will result in grown ups with a strong sense of equity, who will not have preference over gender in the work environment neither to assign a postion nor to offer a salary.
On the other hand, raising children making the old boy-girl distinction will result in what we mostly see in the enterprise and society as a whole today.
Those who have children, what kind of tomorrow's work force are they raising today?
You hear a lot of people complaining about this. Who does something about it, starting from home?
Not being a parent doesn't prevent me from having a very strong opinion about parenting. :) What's more, I have thought of writing a book on the topic.