Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th May 2012 19:25 UTC
In the News This topic comes up quite a lot on technology websites, but I generally try to steer clear from it as much as possible, since I'm not the one to talk about it (you know, with me being a man and all that), however, I feel it might be a good idea to just get my opinion out there and be done with it. The topic of women in IT is a hot-button issue, so let me just go out guns blazing: assuming women need special treatment, help, protection, and affirmative action is just as insulting and degrading as outright claiming women have no place in IT - maybe even more so.
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already past fair and missed the mark
by TechGeek on Mon 28th May 2012 19:58 UTC
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We have already compensated for the differences in gender so much that the average woman now has a better chance in getting into a STEM career than a white male. Yet I can't help but think about some of the statistics that a female graduate student in our IT program found during her thesis project. The number one reason why women don't want to be in IT: "I don't want to spend all day working with computers, I want to work with people." The number one reason why women chose IT as a career: money. Now here is the real kicker. 25+% of women will leave the IT field within 5-10 years and never go back. They either change careers or quit working to have a family.

What that tells me is that we are pushing women into a field they won't be happy in just because we think the field should be 50-50%.

Instead of focusing on a certain field, we need to develop a system of promoting career exploration so that everyone finds their niche, whatever it may be, without worrying about the statistics.

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