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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lady Geek Ltd; 1st edition (Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957389809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957389809
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are facing a female brain-drain. Right now only seventeen-percent of technology jobs are held by women and that number is shrinking all the time. Men are indoors changing the world while girls are being left in the cold. This cannot continue: the next generation of female innovators must not be forgotten. In this groundbreaking book, Belinda Parmar charts the rise of the Little Miss Geek as she fights her way from childhood, through school and into the heart of the technology industry. Along the way the book outlines practical steps that will bridge the gap between women and technology, and help inspire girls everywhere to be tech pioneers. Women will be part of the next technological revolution. Little Miss Geek has arrived.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By games_person on 28 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
I work in the game industry and the lack of women is a real issue. I am happy to see that people are addressing this issue and how it can be resolved. Now I can only hope people take measures and there are more women interested in techy jobs in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Golfbird on 19 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
A clever little book, easy read, BIG issues, opens the mind, creates good discussions. Parents - buy it, read it, then give to your children to read. Young girls MUST start studying technology, not just use technology. They need to start to understand how technology impacts the world we live in and where the jobs are. If they don't, there are billions of Chinese and Indians who will.
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By Z. Rasul on 5 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
Belinda Parmar has done a great job in reminding us of the importance IT has in all our lives and why it should not remain a largely male dominated domain. She makes her argument persuasively and without bitterness or blame. The future is what is of importance. This book offers sound advice to young women considering their careers as well as giving employers and educational establishments an opportunity to reflect and modify their practices as well as creating new models that allow and encourage greater inclusivity. Belinda puts forward proposals and suggestions that allow us to build our IT house from the ground upwards and it's a space in which all are welcome. I have a daughter and when she is old enough I want her to read this book so she can make informed choices and know that her role as a woman in IT is not limited to being a semi-naked model using a laptop to (barely) cover her modesty. The term geek is becoming re-appropriated and if my daughter is a geek that would be great; it would mean she was smart, capable, passionate, articulate and not being left behind by technology. Most importantly she wouldn't be sat on a couch having her mind slowly atrophy whilst watching TOWIE. This book is important and timely. You should read it.
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Great book for young girls considering their career choices, companies looking to improve their male:female employee ratio, and educational institutions looking to revamp their approach to tech ed.

Female consumers represent a financial opportunity greater than the GDP of China and India combined. Bllions of consumer electronics products, namely mobile phones, will be sold over the coming years and making those products appealing to female purchasers will matter to many companies. One important way to influence that these poducts are appealing is to ensure females are involved in the product creation and delivery processes.

Belinda's book gives a very clear outline of the issues we face in ensuring more females choose a career in technology, outlining ways in which educational institutions can rethink their approach to technology education, as well as a practical outline of how companies can start to creat an appealing work environment for female employees and retain them over the long term. No doubt the issues faced are broad and complex but this book is unique in that it attempts to simplify the issues and give practical solutions to get started on solving this very real problem.
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Belinda Parmar's book addresses some extremely important issues in the tech industry. Why is the industry only 17% women when 80% of all tech purchases are influenced by women? How can we change preconceptions of tech `geeks' to attract women into the industry?

Belinda raises many questions, suggesting practical solutions for bridging this gender gap between girls and technology. Perhaps the most practical place to start is in schools with a complete rebrand of the tech industry's image. From here the doors will open for girls to get involved in all levels of technology development, production and marketing, changing the way they are spoken to.

Technology continues to develop and influence our daily lives, so unless something is done now this rapidly developing industry will leave females behind. Belinda has made the first major strides in a shift of attitude and has done so very effectively. The issues seem so obvious once laid out in front of you and the solutions seem very attainable by the end of the book.

The countless visual aids and short, digestible chapters are full of facts and figures that make it a real pleasure to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Sept. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
There were several typos in this book and the graphics haven't been transferred clearly enough - yoU couldn't zoom in to them and retain clarity. I didn't feel like this book said very much at all which is a shame because I was hoping for inspiration on turning the girls in my school into tech champs. Most likely I wasn't the target audience. I'm sure later editions will solve this and be more value for money and time.
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We need an IT revolution and I hope this book is about to start it! This is an in depth look at the reasons why so few women take up a career in technology and what we can do to change this. Programmers are currently designing the future and the fact that so few women are amongst these programmers is a huge cause for concern.

Belinda's book should be a must-read in schools, businesses and councils up and down the country. All girls who love their mobiles and social media should be reading this to inspire them to become more involved in what is a fascinating and dynamic industry. If you've ever wondered why you meet so few girl geeks this book will answer some of those questions.

The book is beautifully presented in short easy to digest chapters packed with plenty of geeky stats, quirky infographics, fun illustrations and vitally - SOLUTIONS!!

Best you buy a copy now: Little Miss Geek: Bridging the Gap Between Girls and Technology
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