Cisco Systems held 200 IT days during April to help raise awareness about career options in technology. During a recent event called Girls IT Day, girls from a Pennsylvania school district visited the company's corporate headquarters, where they chatted online with students in Maryland, more than 170 miles away. "Technology isn't just for the boys. It isn't just for the men," said Karen Manning, systems engineering director for Cisco. "There are many, many women who could do well in technology. They are wired for it."

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