A deep sense of intimidation and pervasive sexism: These are the primary obstacles for women interested in technology careers, reports the San Jose Mercury News. But at least some of the 70 or so high-school girls attending a one-day DigiGirlz tech camp March 25 at Microsoft’s Mountain View, Calif., campus came away instead with a huge dose of motivation. "I think that it’s a big challenge," said Amber Yarnell, 17, a junior at Mountain View‘s Alta Vista High School who is curious about a variety of technology professions. "But it would also be more of an incentive to pursue something that you really want." Like a number of other students from area schools, Yarnell was particularly impressed with the vibrant attitudes of women who described their tech careers during a morning panel discussion. "A lot of them seemed like they were so happy," said Joanne Woodward, 18, a senior at Mountain View High. "It seems like they’re having fun, but it’s actually work at the same time."

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