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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Not sure it helps either
by Neolander on Tue 29th May 2012 08:34 UTC
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I'm not inherently against the premise that governments can take action against gender inequality issues, but I also think that job quotas and special funding won't help much.

When you already have a huge asymmetry between men and women at the college education level, it is logical that less women will get "men jobs" in the end. IMO, the right answer is to fight the preconceived ideas that cause this asymmetry earlier in boys' and girls' education.

Acting after that will only cause capable job applicants to be let down in favor of less capable ones on purely sexist grounds, and thus resentment from those who have to face the consequences.

Edited 2012-05-29 08:45 UTC

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