As a top executive at one of the world's biggest video game publishers, Kathy Vrabeck often completes an entire workday without meeting with another woman. And her employer, Electronic Arts, is less of a boy's club than many of its peers.
The video game industry is flourishing, especially in California, as sales continue to climb despite a faltering economy. But the hiring has largely bypassed women. They comprise fewer than one in five workers in the business, according to a 2007 survey by Game Developer magazine. Among game programmers, the number is 3 percent.