The Future of Technology Belongs to Girls as Take Our Daughters to Work Day(R) Returns to Microsoft

Microsoft's Ninth Annual Event Uses Technology to Encourage Opportunities

And Inspire Careers in Technology



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is
 welcoming over 300 girls to join their Microsoft parents or mentors in
 discovering the future of technology today at the Redmond corporate campus.  A
 full day of programs, tours and activities are planned to foster an interest
 in technology and provide participants with a broad range of possibilities for
 career success in technology fields.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top five fastest growing
 occupations between 1998 and 2008 will be in information technology, a field
 which requires advanced computer skills.  However, because too few women are
 graduating with engineering and computer science degrees, women continue to be
 underrepresented in the industry.  By demonstrating to girls at this important
 age the wide spectrum of possibilities offered by technology, Microsoft hopes
 to encourage and inspire them into brilliant careers in hi-tech.
     "For Microsoft, today is of particular importance as it allows us to
 demonstrate -- through various programs and activities throughout the
 day -- the rewarding and fun opportunities that a career in technology can
 provide to interested girls," said Gretchen Olsen-Jacobsen, Microsoft learning
 program manager and executive board member of Microsoft's Hoppers Organization
 (Hoppers is an all volunteer organization within the company dedicated to
 attracting women to careers both at Microsoft and the sector).  "It is a way
 to show that as technology advances, so do the career possibilities for the
 future."
     "We applaud Microsoft for using Take Our Daughters To Work Day to
 introduce girls to technology in its various forms, from research to
 marketing.  Girls will see firsthand the tremendous opportunities available to
 them in technology and the tools they need for the jobs of the future," said
 Marie C. Wilson, president, Ms. Foundation for Women.
     For this year's event, participants and their parents or mentors will be
 able to take part in a number of events including:
 
     -- Demonstrations of emerging technologies, including eBooks
     -- Hands-on classes that teach participants how to write and develop Web
 sites; conduct product and marketing research; even test for "bugs" in
 software
     -- Interactive tours of the Microsoft Studios, MSNBC Studios, Microsoft's
 Usability Labs and Data Center, the "Car of Tomorrow" (with hands-free,
 voice-activated services) and the interactive Microsoft Home
     -- Presentations like "Digital Girl in a Digital World" where participants
 will get a glimpse of Microsoft's vision of the future and how technology
 plays an important role in day-to-day life
 
     Since its inception nine years ago, Microsoft has been an annual
 participant in the National Take Our Daughters to Work(R) Day, sponsored again
 this year by Hoppers, an officially recognized women's organization within the
 company.  Female employees use Hoppers as an empowerment tool -- networking,
 participating in mentor programs, sharing job concerns and experiences,
 learning how to balance work and family, and helping to advance their careers.
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing.  The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software - any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is
 welcoming over 300 girls to join their Microsoft parents or mentors in
 discovering the future of technology today at the Redmond corporate campus.  A
 full day of programs, tours and activities are planned to foster an interest
 in technology and provide participants with a broad range of possibilities for
 career success in technology fields.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top five fastest growing
 occupations between 1998 and 2008 will be in information technology, a field
 which requires advanced computer skills.  However, because too few women are
 graduating with engineering and computer science degrees, women continue to be
 underrepresented in the industry.  By demonstrating to girls at this important
 age the wide spectrum of possibilities offered by technology, Microsoft hopes
 to encourage and inspire them into brilliant careers in hi-tech.
     "For Microsoft, today is of particular importance as it allows us to
 demonstrate -- through various programs and activities throughout the
 day -- the rewarding and fun opportunities that a career in technology can
 provide to interested girls," said Gretchen Olsen-Jacobsen, Microsoft learning
 program manager and executive board member of Microsoft's Hoppers Organization
 (Hoppers is an all volunteer organization within the company dedicated to
 attracting women to careers both at Microsoft and the sector).  "It is a way
 to show that as technology advances, so do the career possibilities for the
 future."
     "We applaud Microsoft for using Take Our Daughters To Work Day to
 introduce girls to technology in its various forms, from research to
 marketing.  Girls will see firsthand the tremendous opportunities available to
 them in technology and the tools they need for the jobs of the future," said
 Marie C. Wilson, president, Ms. Foundation for Women.
     For this year's event, participants and their parents or mentors will be
 able to take part in a number of events including:
 
     -- Demonstrations of emerging technologies, including eBooks
     -- Hands-on classes that teach participants how to write and develop Web
 sites; conduct product and marketing research; even test for "bugs" in
 software
     -- Interactive tours of the Microsoft Studios, MSNBC Studios, Microsoft's
 Usability Labs and Data Center, the "Car of Tomorrow" (with hands-free,
 voice-activated services) and the interactive Microsoft Home
     -- Presentations like "Digital Girl in a Digital World" where participants
 will get a glimpse of Microsoft's vision of the future and how technology
 plays an important role in day-to-day life
 
     Since its inception nine years ago, Microsoft has been an annual
 participant in the National Take Our Daughters to Work(R) Day, sponsored again
 this year by Hoppers, an officially recognized women's organization within the
 company.  Female employees use Hoppers as an empowerment tool -- networking,
 participating in mentor programs, sharing job concerns and experiences,
 learning how to balance work and family, and helping to advance their careers.
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing.  The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software - any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X86844078
 
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