While catching up on my tech news this morning, I came across a very interesting story that sparked a little debate in my household. In short, a woman was fired because she called out a few guys on Twitter — they were at a tech show she was attending and joked about “big dongles.” I’m not going to share my opinion, because it’s such a sensitive subject. But, it begs the bigger question — is this the reason more women aren’t in tech? Do a few crude males and articles like this push women out? Or are women just not as drawn to tech jobs as men are?
Thinking back to college, a lot of my female friends were going to school for nursing, teaching, marketing, etc. While my male friends went to school for computer science, engineering, architecture. Is it societal norms or are our gender roles assigned before we’re even born?
I , myself, started as a Fashion Merchandising major (because it sounded cool), quickly became bored with it and switched to Marketing. While taking a required computer course, I fell in love with programming and decided to obtain a minor in Computer Information Systems. It was challenging and interesting, and I’m still strongly considering getting a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems.
But unfortunately, it feels like I’m not the norm.
I know this post is more about questions than answers but I really want to know: where are the women in tech?
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