Here's a quote that jumped out at me:
Some analysts even argue that men are less suited than women to the knowledge economy, which rewards supposedly female traits such as sensitivity, intuition, and a willingness to collaborate. "Men have tended to do better in the hierarchies, following orders and relying on positional power," says Andy HinesIt's from the article "The Slump: It's a Guy Thing" in the May 19 issue of Business Week. It talks about how the current US recession is concentrated in manufacturing and construction, which is typically staffed by male workers, whereas industries with more female workers like education and health care are still growing.
None of that has much to do with IT, but the quote above sure does. As the quote points out, to be successful as a knowledge worker (which is what most (all?) of us are), you need to be able to work well with others. It's by collaborating with others that we're able to do our jobs successfully. Ironic considering that computer programmers aren't exactly known for being social. Our jobs aren't just about learning the latest technology fad, but about being able to work together; in fact, the latter is actually more important.