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March 13, 2009


It is now 12:20am and I put in a good solid 3+ hours of study - yes, on a work night. That's 'normal' for me lately. But, I know it will eventually be worth it. I was looking at the CCIE numbers on the Cisco site today. There are less than 20,000 CCIEs worldwide. Out of the billions of people on the face of this earth, less than 20,000 have attained this certification. Wow. And to go further - less than 6,000 CCIEs in the US. So then, I was asked about female CCIEs. Unfortunately, Cisco doesn't provide those statistics (at least, not that I've been able to find). However, I did find this article on the Cisco site:

CCIE - Tina Shakour - Path to Professional Respect

Stories like that are very encouraging. Yet... you still find this (found on an IT certification forum):

Brian Dennis, will announce he is going to formally write the next CCIE track called CCIE for Females, written in a pretty font that will run Cisco fIOS - that's femaleIOS. Yep, pink routers and purple matching switches as well. But once a month they refuse to work, citing "female reasons"

Of course - realize that this is not from someone with a sig block and a CCIE number in their profile..... However, it's still disconcerting to know that it's out there - everywhere you go. The only solution is to be better than that.

And from what I've found out and about on the net... rumor has it that there's about 50 female CCIEs.

Posted by BlueWolf on March 13, 2009 12:15 AM