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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RE: Indeed
by JAlexoid on Tue 29th May 2012 02:32 UTC in reply to "Indeed"
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As a male IT worker and having worked a lot with women in IT, I can say that they don't need our help.
Women in IT are perfectly capable of pursuing a great and a rewarding career without artificial interference. In fact, most of women in IT do have great careers.

Then there is the software development field, that has traditionally been seen as a bad place for women to work.
That space in not a boys club because boys decided for it to be so. It's a boys club, because a woman has to deny her socially acceptable role and, sometimes even, biological burdens.
Why? The biggest factor is that it tends to be very dynamic and takes a lot of time and energy outside of work.
Is aye-tee the exception? No way. Any field that requires 8h for work + X hours of educating yourself per day is less likely to have a lot of women. Not because women are less likely to learn, au contraire, but because it takes too much personal time. (ex medical research tends to have a similar problem)
Is it limited to women? Oh hell no. Many men move out to "less of a technical positions" because it takes too much time. But we only judge by the people that are left behind in "that" department.

Out of all women I know in IT, only 1 is still in a developer role. She's extraordinary, to say the least. The rest, have moved on to project management, business analysis, enterprise architecture and other less dynamic areas of IT. In their words - "I like working more with people" (in other words "A developer position was taking too much time away from personal interactions")

As for starting a company, women are sociologically more risk averse(for the better). So no wonder that there are both less women starting businesses and even less so in IT.

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