Why are there so few women in tech?

  • Why are there so few women in tech?

     Neil Davis updated 9 hours, 52 minutes ago 5 Members · 6 Posts
  • Doctor Anna

    Member
    March 4, 2021 at 09:26

    I found this thread and I believe it explains well why there are so few women in tech.

    What do you think?

    Are you a woman in tech? What’s your experience?

  • Duncan Hill

    Member
    March 4, 2021 at 10:13

    I think I worry about my daughter having to face all this. She’s almost 7, but she’s built the lego Saturn 5 90% by herself, has no problem with technic lego at all (I stopped buying it for her, it’s too expensive), she builds balsa planes (as in complicated ones with all the ribs, paper covering and so on – I do help again but she still does most of it) and flies them. She’s good at maths and reading and has an amazing artistic side too (she’s an admirer of Merritt Moore)… yet still this is the kind of crap she is going to have to face – in fact she already does as there are boys in her class who say girls don’t do this/that (to which she replies “how mysogynistic”). It infuriates me.

    • Doctor Anna

      Member
      March 4, 2021 at 10:24

      You have a cool daughter!!! Wonderful to hear about her creativity and talent.
      Yes, it is infuriating. The crazy thing is that this kind of shitty behavior isn’t only damaging women, but also men. It is simply just bad for everyone and I wish it would stop.

  • Chris Evans

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 03:23

    It makes me sad that this is still happening.
    My mother, who was born in 1948, wanted to be an archaeologist.
    She was told no and that girls don’t do things like that.
    I think she got as far as grade 10.

  • Oskar Lewczuk

    Organizer
    April 13, 2021 at 09:59

    I believe there are 3 aspects of that:

    1. What women want. I remember I wanted to buy to my 1,5 yo daughter a toy car to play with. She had no dolls at the time just a plush hippo. She was not interested with it but doll made her extatic. So there’s something genetic that makes genders more interested in social connections over technical thing and vice versa.

    2. I graduated technical university. At the time (90s) the most of the students were men. Perhaps still are. But the most girls were just couple of departaments: architecture, environmental engineering, chemistry, some at civil engineering. At my year there was bout 40% girls in arch and it was the most popular. I had girl friends at computer science dep and there was just 4 girls for about 200 students. But now the things have changed a lot. At architecture 75% of students are women. At the construction sites I’ve been recently all site engineeres are women (these were large sites of big companies like Skanska, but still).

    3. We cannot think only with my no. 1 point. If there are some geneder preferencies for jobs we need people of all genders in every field. The all kinds of design industy are the best example. The designer usually imposes their own experience into the project. But if you’re 190 cm huge guy it’s difficult to imagine the problems of a person 140 cm tall. Imagine 140 cm tall woman with a baby, buggy and apartament on the 4th floor with no elevator… To properly solve this problem you must bring the person with this kind of expierience to the team.

  • Neil Davis

    Member
    April 14, 2021 at 12:36

    Does it depend on the tech? I did a biochemistry degree in the 90s and probably 75% of the students were women. When I was doing my PhD I would guess it was about the same. I moved across to computer science (AI and bio-NLP) and there it was probably more like 40% women. Then I moved to a split research set up working on endothelial stem cells which had both biochemistry labs and computer science labs. The biochemistry labs were 100% women (interestingly this was something the lab head grumbled about because she said she couldn’t get women to go for promotion because they all said they “didn’t want the extra stress” where if she had some men in the lab she could get them to go for promotions) and the computer science labs were again probably about 40% women. From what I know this sort of gender split is pretty typical in the biological sciences and heading that way (if it isn’t there already) in medicine.

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