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The Invisible Gender...

Interesting Article about Women in Technology.

I find this really interesting because, while I work in the technology field, I don't consider myself as working in technology. I'm an administrative professional (really, that's what Human Resources is, boiled down to it's essence, and removing the pointy red horns of evil), not a technology professional.

But lots of my friends are technology professionals. What's your take on this article?


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Jan. 15th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
I find it very, very interesting that the article completely ignores established groups for women in technology -- such as AWC (Assoc for Women in Computing), WITI (Women in Technology Int'l), DigitalEve, and many other localised groups such as SFWoW (San Francisco Women on the Web) -- which are fighting hard to reverse this trend, and providing comfortable environments for women in technology to network and exchange ideas.
Jan. 15th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
and don't forget SWE -- Society of Women Engineers. They have been around a long time. SWE meetings are great for networking and creative sharing.
Jan. 15th, 2004 12:52 pm (UTC)
i'm not a technology professional, in the sense of having an engineering, hard science or mathematics degree. but i've spent a long time working in technology companies, on engineering teams. i don't buy the myths... i have a great spatial imagination, I'm good with math as well as tangible things. My passions lead me in other directions. If I'd had better mathematics education as a young kid, I would have double-majored in math in college, along with English.

honestly, when i look at the women my age and younger at my company, who are in engineering/technical responsibility jobs, they are an impressive lot and their male peers treat them as peers. and they all work very hard to be successful, subject to the same performance rating process. where it gets thin is in management... many women do not stay around long enough to make it into management.

technology companies are an interesting species... many of them are eating their own dog-food as it were. By putting their emphasis on innovation and rapid cycles, they have created a real pressure cooker for their staffing. the days are longer, there's more to produce, decisions are harder, performance measurement is tougher. All to keep the Hi Tech Machine going!
Jan. 15th, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)
I think it goes too far the other way. I've always had a strong knowledge that the general "norm" was that women were breaking into technology (I had an engineer once ask me why I was finding bugs in his code instead of cooking at home, barefoot and pregnant. I told him because there were idiot engineers like him in the world, and women were best equipped to shut him down).

I know a lot of people don't believe many of those myths anymore. But I think there is a general pervasive feeling that women are rare in the tech industry.

MS has a group internally to help women network. It also provides teaching programs that encourage young girls to go into technology and engineering. I have never heard of a group like that specifically for men, and which teaches boys to go into technology; when I do, I'll feel like the stereotypes are finally starting to end.

In the meantime, I still have to deal with my insurance company salesman who asks, what will happen to you if your husband dies? Who will take care of you? Who automatically assumes that my husband is the breadwinner. I told him I'd be very sad and depressed, but it seemed likely I'd be just fine taking care of myself, and may I speak to someone else about getting the commission for my policy? A woman perhaps?

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