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 l3v1 on Tue 29th May 2012 06:04 UTC
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Well, regarding this article, there's only one thing I'd like to add, which I always do in similar cases as well, which is that I'm against all kinds of discrimination, positive or negative, including such as this, unless special circumstances prove its need. But, there being less women in IT is not a special circumstance, it's just how it is, and it won't change because of extra available funding for women-led businnesses.

Of course I don't live in wonderland, and I know there still exists some sort of difference between men and women at workplaces - sometimes including salaries -, but that is highly unrelated to the IT sector. Don't hate me for putting this bluntly, but the [sad] truth is, most HR people do not prefer young childless women because they can be expected to have children and "drop out" of the workforce for a longish period, and they don't really prefer women with children either, since there could be a lot of problems with kids that deserve a mother's attention, which can sometimes reduce workplace concentration and workload.

My experience with women in IT/CS-related jobs - I do have some colleagues who are women - is totally positive: they can do at least as much as men can do, their results are just as good as others', and - taking the topic of children out of the equation - they are just as dependable as anyone.

Plus, also from my/our experience, it's really nice to also have women around, simply makes the general atmosphere much better than without them.

All in all, I like having women around, workplace or else, and I'm all for helping when necessary - e.g. insuring they have their jobs back after having kids -, but otherwise I feel the mostly made-up discrimination rounds usually unnecessary.

Of course, this can also be a social issue, and less a problem in western societies, so I acknowledge that the topic can't be treated on an equal level globally, and sometimes there's a need for stepping in and advocating equal treatment.

Well, the "one thing" I wanted to add turned out to be a bit more complicated - as always, nothing is simply black and white.

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