Karl Gallagher (selenite) wrote,
Karl Gallagher

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Gender Imbalance in Industry

ESR on why women are such a small minority of programmers and other high-tech professionals:
Women, in general, are not willing to eat the kind of shit that men will swallow to work in this field.

Now let’s talk about death marches, mandatory uncompensated overtime, the beeper on the belt, and having no life. Men accept these conditions because they’re easily hooked into a monomaniacal, warrior-ethic way of thinking in which achievement of the mission is everything. Women, not so much. Much sooner than a man would, a woman will ask: “Why, exactly, am I putting up with this?”
If we really want to fix the problem of too few women in computing, we need to ask some much harder questions about how the field treats everyone in it.

I'm all for that.
Tags: culture, engineering
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