I have posted stuff about women in engineering and other tech fields. Now I tackle the IT world! YAY!!!
Ok… article here.
I say we just give any and all female hires shiny new Sig sidearms with a license to shoot anyone (especially upper management) that harasses them. Seriously though, as one who has had to instigate actions against individuals senior to myself for sexual harassment of colleagues, the issue of unwelcome environments is well known. Fortunately, things are getting progressively better as I have been seeing an uptick in the number of seriously qualified individuals who happen to be women among the alpha users of the IT community (PhD candidates in Computer Science). But in the interim, I would discourage women from feeling that they have to “out-boy the boys” as that behavior simply compounds the problem and makes legal issues more complex leading to the likelihood that if problems do arise, everybody gets fired. Besides, the type of person that would engage in locker-room behavior may in fact be encouraged by a woman stooping to that level. I would also encourage women to be as vocal as necessary in meetings and not reserve comments for those times when you think that what you say is representative of genius. Just do your job, be professional, ask questions when necessary and remember that you do not have to tolerate any bullshit that your male colleagues do not have to endure.
The problem is that many women (and some men) are going to be turned away from IT just because people like you don’t care to make a bit of effort to accommodate others and be more cordial.
Erm. You seem to misunderstand the whole concept of a job. You get paid to do something you wouldn’t do on your own.
So getting paid means you’ll have to put up with some stuff you don’t like. Of course it makes sense to generally choose a job with stuff that you like, as this makes it a lot easier, but you’ll still have to do stuff you don’t like. I enjoy most off my work, but i don’t enjoy writing reports. Or dealing with some particularly difficult customers. That’s why you get paid, so that you shut the fuck up and do your fucking job even if you don’t like it.
Yes, I’m familiar with the “shut the fuck up and do your fucking job” line of mentality (even I’ve taken it a couple of times), but one should not have to put up with a sexist pig of a supervisor (or team member, what have you). That’s what diversity training is supposed to address. I know, I’ve grumbled along with the rest of everyone else who’s had to take diversity training, but doesn’t understanding our differences make for a stronger workplace? A stronger team? A better enviroment to work in?
Not everyone is going to like their job; that’s a given. But steps can be taken so that people might like their co-workers a little better. Not insulting them is a good start.
And, yet another comment:
McKeon eventually found a welcoming culture at The Chubb Corp., where she is now an application manager, but other women in IT simply leave the industry.
Other female friendly IT companies include:
* The well know pen island at http://www.PenisLand.net
* The Royal Tit-Watching (Ornithological) Society Of Britain at http://www.Nice-Tits.org
* Dickson’s temperature equipment at http://www.DicksOnWeb.com
* The well known scaffolding company, http://www.MammothErection.com
* Big Al’s Fishing company, http://www.BiGalsOnline.com
* Web One at http://www.WeBone.com
There are tons of women friendly companies out there!
This one gets me. Way to reveal your age and your intelligence!
I’m sick of these type of comments.
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