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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Incorrect premise
by jessesmith on Mon 28th May 2012 23:26 UTC
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The premise of the article is incorrect, affirmative action isn't there because women are seen as any less capable, it's there to offset existing imbalances and unfair practices. It's a corrective measure.

Whenever one of these stories about how there aren't enough women in IT comes out I'm surprised at just how low the numbers are. In almost all of the offices I've worked in over the past ten years or so the IT departments have featured a relatively strong percentage of women in their ranks. Usually in the range of 25% - 50% of the IT staff have been female. Personally I haven't felt there is a difference, professionally speaking, working with women vs men.

In fact, the IT departments I've worked in are usually much more gender-balanced than the accounting departments, legal departments, HR departments and scientific departments in those same offices. Those I've noticed tend to be exclusively one gender or the other.

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