The truth about women in Tech
The truth is that sexism like in other industries exist in the tech world. This is an industry that is supposed to a realm of visionary futurists and tireless innovators who are making the world better.
As a mother I always wanted to work in the tech industry, I dreamed of working in an IT company. So I studied for 2 years to pass the Cisco certification exam. Everyone encouraged me even the engineers I worked with at the time supported me. So after months of consecutive nights staying up late, I finally passed. I could finally rewrite my resume. After passing the exams I started getting calls for job offers. The very first interview I went for landed me a job which was near my daughter's middle school. Things where going great.
I began my new job working with two gentlemen who had worked in telecom for over 40 years. They were well established and experts in their fields. Providing good instruction as I had to pick up on things quickly. Building PBS systems and programming them as a blast, I loved it. As I began talking and interacting with people at the office, I found out that I was the only female holding an engineering position. This interaction had a bad side to it as word got out that I had a family of 5. I normally leave work after my shift to go pick up my middle school daughter. I later found out that management had a problem with that. I was even told by my manager that “you’re a woman with children so you won’t be able to do your job.” I couldn’t believe it they where telling me that they had issues with me having kids.
It wasn’t long before comments similar to that and including uncomfortable comments became overwhelming. It made no sense to as I was told that my work production was not an issue, but rather me being a mother with children was. I spent my last days writing my very first children’s book. I wanted girls to feel empowered and confident in their abilities. I eventually left the company. HR apologized but it was too late.
Speaking Up: Don't be quiet, being quiet about it will make it continue. You speaking about it will enable others to know that the problem is out there. Also speaking about it may help you find others within the company who are suffering the same thing. And together all of you can merge to speak with one voice.
Help a Woman Out: Even if you aren't experiencing these things, if you see another woman being ignored don't join the fray. Women have to stick together that's the only way change can start. Also in the workplace try and help other women with any problems they may have.
Talk Yourself Up: While within the company try and make friends, having connections within the company can really help. So you need to brush up on your communication and networking skills.
So that's it folks hope this article was enlightening.