Where has Jane Gone?
Presented by: Karen Linden
Have you ever been told if you were like that male developer over there you get somewhere? Have you removed you first name from your Resume to get more interviews? Have you been excluded from a meeting because afraid that they will offend you? Have you ever been called bossy? Have you ever others undermined your accomplishments? Have you ever refrained yourself from a job opportunity because you felt like you didn’t meet all the requirements? If you answered yes to most of the questions, you’ve experienced some of the problems women face in the workplace.
With so much focus them to get women into tech why have the numbers changed. In a recent study concluded that the gender gap for women in technology as a whole is actually worse today than it was in 1984.
The study, led by Accenture and Girls who Code, showed that 50% of women abandon technology careers by the age of 35 and that women are leaving tech roles at a 45% higher rate than men. Only 21% of women in the study said they believed the technology industry was a place they could thrive; sadly, that number falls precipitously to 8% for women of color.
So, we cannot convince them to enter the tech industry with only 15% of the graduates are women in Computer Science. Then we chase them out by the age of 35.
I am not the norm. I survived and I will talk about my experience as a forty something women in tech. I know I can not solve the problem the only dominate culture can do that. But I explain the pitfall that women are facing. How you are making women feel unwanted and unneeded. Also, if industry does not want to change that is OK too. Just do not make if harder for the ones that stay.