As a woman in technology

With all the issues surrounding a lack of women in technology, I’ve felt compelled to share my opinion, but took a long time to think about how to frame my views the most sensitive way possible. This is my view only; certainly not representative of all women, or all deaf people for that matter. It is also not a criticism of any one employer, but rather the industry inĀ general.

Let’s start out with a deliberately over-simplistic, over-general graph.

Simplistic view of how our choices cause effects.

Simplistic view of how our choices cause effects.

Different actions mix together for different effects. Make an effort to master coding and computer science, and I might pass an interview and get a job as a programmer.

Obviously, effects aren’t a sole function of an individual’s actions. A result doesn’t exist in a vacuum; if I am the only person on the planet, it doesn’t make a difference if I’m the best computer scientist ever or know nothing about computer science. A result is more or less the reaction of society from large, and a society will treat different individuals differently. Let’s try and put that factor as a “perception” node.

Societal perception of efforts (actions) influence outcomes (effects).

Societal perception of efforts (actions) influence outcomes (effects).

The lack of women in STEM has been credited to widespread discrimination. So, the assertion is that an individual’s biology influences perception.

Discrimination comes as a result of biology negatively and unnecessarily feeding into perception.

Discrimination comes as a result of biology negatively and unnecessarily feeding into perception.

The intention is to remove all traces of biology from society’s perception of efforts, which I laud.

Will the remedies being taken to reduce this discrimination improve the current situation?

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