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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by mtzmtulivu on Mon 28th May 2012 20:43 UTC
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lets say there are 100 equally qualified applicants and only 3 are women.

What are the chances that a woman will get selected if gender does not play a part? Can you suggest how to increase te number of these highly qualified women without paying attention to gender? At some level or another, you have to.

Statistically speaking,under the above scenario, men will always get selected more simply because far too many of them apply and special attention need to be made to get more women.

Under such disproportionate level, even some higher qualified women may get passed simply because those who select applicants are simply overwhelmed with male applications.

Getting more women even those who are less qualified to meet the quota will do more harm than good. Ignoring statistical inequality and assume this will even out eventually will most likely do more harm than good.

Taking active steps to get more qualified women who would otherwise be missed due to a much larger number of male applicants will do society well. More women present will encourage more qualified women to apply and things might even out eventually.

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