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For nearly a decade, the pool of women in IT has remained roughly a quarter of the technology workforce, demonstrating little advance despite their comprising approximately half of the overall civilian workforce in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the challenges and frustrations women in IT confront at each juncture of their career paths remain unique when compared to the experiences of their male counterparts. This month, we present a special report on Women in Technology - the challenges they face, the efforts to increase their presence in the workforce, and their points of view. We begin with Associate Editor Dawn Kawamoto's detailed look at where women stand today, and how they view the tech job landscape. Throughout the week, we'll be posting additional stories, including interviews with female professionals who'll share their perspective on both the challenges and rewards of tech careers, and thoughts of how women can succeed in a male-dominated industry.

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