Positive Controversy? Yes, it’s happening right now for Women in Tech.
There have been many stories in the news over the past few weeks about how women in technology have been treated badly. And almost as many stories about the reaction of people to those facts.
From CEOs who have resigned, to CEOs who have spoken out saying “maybe they didn’t realize what they were doing” (bullshit) to companies working on culture change and women feeling empowered to tell their own stories. Diversity and inclusion are being talked about, and many companies are working hard to create a culture where diversity and inclusion are not only understood but also practiced.
The stories are varied in frequency, impact, and viciousness. The one thing they all have in common is that women in technology are often treated as though a) they shouldn’t be there because it makes men uncomfortable, b) they can’t possibly know how to code, c) if they are going to be in this profession, they should accept lewd behaviour and worse, or d) they can be successful but only to a point. (That point being a level in the organization just below the person who is judging them).
But…these stories are all positive for one reason.
Because women are in these jobs, and it’s making people uncomfortable, and that leads to talking about it, and women standing up for themselves, and other men and women standing up for them, …and ultimately change.
When I started in technology, there were no women managers in the technology department of the company I was in. And now women are not only in manager roles, they are also in executive roles, and CIO roles, and in roles as CEOs leading tech companies.
Imagine the arrogance of women doing that?
Imagine the bravado, the intelligence, the tenacity, the grit!
Go girls go! Keep showing up. Keep making people uncomfortable. Keep proving yourselves. And while you’re doing all that, make a conscious choice to stand up for other Women in Tech who need your support.
I look forward to the day young women in technology ask us what all the fuss was about because they are treated so normally they don’t know the challenges that existed.
Let’s help make that happen.