TopCoder Proves That Chinese Women Have More Equality in Engineering Educationposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/10/2006 07:21:00 AM
A Chinese undergraduate has been named the VP of of Asian operations for TopCoder. Wu Yingying, 21, holding patents for three of her 100 inventions, has become Asia operations vice president with TopCoder, a Connecticut-based multinational company before her graduation, reported the Beijing News Friday. By the way, she hasn't even graduated!
Wu was admitted to the Beijing Normal University in 2003. She led the university team in winning the runner-up title of the ACM International Collegiate Programming contest in 2005. The same year, she went to Stanford University as a visiting student.
Wu Yingying, 21, a psychology major, is now the Asia operations vice president.
TopCoder Inc. is a worldwide leader in online programming and software development. According to TopCoder's Oct. 25 announcement, Wu will oversee and manage TopCoder business relationships and will build TopCoder's market presence and membership enrollment throughout the China and Asia region.
Wu's inventions, ranging from the OPEN Indexing Technology to the Dynamic Counter Cachet Technology, won her the 2006 Innovation and Technology Prize of China, an award sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
I think this particular anecdote goes to show that one of the benefits of socialism is equality in education between men and women. Gender roles are not explicitly delineated in socialist countries and women have a more equal shot at engineering careers. It is not unusual to see gender balance in engineering classrooms in China. On the contrary, you rarely see 50/50 split in engineering enrollment in America - schools are lucky to see 70/30 or 60/40.