@prohorova I hope you dont feel defensive and do explain what you mean that guys face the same thing because I really am curious. As a woman who wants to enter a career in tech… well, let me back that up lol as a 40yo black woman who wants to enter a career in tech, I feel like I have the bases covered when it comes to being under represented in the industry.
That part doesnt bother me…I could care less if Im the only old black woman in a room What does concern me though is the work environment and if I will be accepted and respected by my peers regardless of how different I am from the typical person on the job. I will say, from a lot of things Ive read, it does make me apprehensive. Not enough to scare me away, but enough for me to brace myself for the possibility I will have to prove myself far more than anyone who fits the mold, so to speak, would have to.
Like, everything I read and see around me is about how there are so few women in tech and an effort to diversify the industry so that its more inclusive. For years now, theres been so much marketing towards encouraging women to pursue careers in STEM, and organizations to give women the confidence to compete with what is perceived as a mans world. And after all this time and all that effort, to still see statistics that say women only make up 12% of professional development jobs is pretty disheartening. But from what you’re saying, thats not an issue at all and theres no disadvantage at all…which would mean women are getting hired at least as much as men… so wondering why people would make it to seem thats not true. 12% is a pretty rough number, and I hope for my sake that you’re right, and thats not true.
The “answer” to hire more women to make a company appear more diverse has its drawback… I have been in situations like that, where it was assumed I was only there because of affirmative action, not because I had just as much a right to be there due to my skills and experience, and the hostility was brutal, Im just seen as the person who got the job instead of the person who deserved. So when I read about those cases like in this article, I can relate. Like I said, considering men already make up the overwhelming majority, I really do not understand what you mean when you say they face that same treatment and would like to know more about that side of things, cause being a men in tech as an issue is something no one talks about. And I really am hoping you’re right that women make up far more of tech and dont face any of the issues I keep hearing about.