The outlook for women in tech
Women in the technology field are still greatly outnumbered. While many women are interested in breaking into these careers due to their demand and excellent salaries, it’s still somewhat of an intimidating profession due to the vast majority of men who make up the industry.
Women are currently not interested in entering into this field because many feel as though they won’t be accepted by their coworkers. The work atmosphere is often dictated by men and oriented towards men.
Quite unfortunately many of the soft skills that we learn throughout our schooling and throughout our early lives are developed more specifically for women. While many boys are urged into playing video games and trying programming at a young age, many women are subjected to activities which are fashion oriented or oriented to playing with a specific type of toy. The problem with this great gender divide in early soft skills is that it doesn’t lead to human empowerment as a whole. Both women and men should have the chance to develop their technical skills and to work in an environment that is comfortable for them.
The culture of women in tech and the way that women pick up tech at an early age needs to change. Gender equality has become an important issue especially when drawing to health and wealth with in the technology industry. More companies are interested in hiring women but ultimately their corporate culture needs to change before women can really feel comfortable in their working environment.
Any technical team needs to see a need for both soft skills as well as hard skills. I gender equality initiative needs to take place in many of the world’s top tech firms and there needs to be an assessment in which empathy is brought to the table in every interaction with a tech company.
Through gender diversity programs and drawing assessments of particular tech companies we can start to see change and human empowerment for women in tech.