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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Women are grown ups.
by ajaik on Tue 29th May 2012 15:34 UTC
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I just dont buy it that women are not interested in IT or other technical careers purely because they are male-dominated - otherwise we'd have no females as police officers or in the Army.

When I was studying CS, there were very few women in my classes. And the few that were doing CS were not deeply interested in it. They attended lectures and did all the coursework but from the way they talked about it, it was a means to an end and not something they "loved" doing. They had no real enthusiasm for the subject (of course, this is purely my own subjective observation but I think there's an element of truth in it).

As someone else pointed out, men in IT or in development do a lot of work outside of work hours (just like teachers) to stay ahead of the curve (reading, training, working on personal projects) and so they always have new skills and are thus more employable.

Anyway, let's deal with some actual facts shall we? In the US, we are now living in a time where there are more women than men (In fact, I think this is true for most western countries). Also there are more women in higher education than men. And the number one degree in the US is...? Psychology. I dont think these two facts are unrelated. Of course, this is a problem for the US in general because it means there will be a lot less technical workers available now and in the future. Since technology is the only field doing well in the current economy, this is becoming a major problem. We're already seeing the effects right now - software developers salaries have jumped up into 6-figure territory especially if you're experienced and have skills that are in big demand.

Do you think the increase in female students and thus the decrease in students in engineering, math and computer-related subjects is not going to have a knock-on effect on our economy?

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