About this blog
This is a blog tackling issues facing women and other minorities working in technology. It's aimed at both men and women working across the whole sphere - whether you're a programmer, a CIO, a blogger or a business person who uses tech.
We feel something like this is necessary because women make up between 15% and 20% of the IT workforce in the UK. They're a minority, and this blog aims to look at the reasons why.
It also aims to look at the consequences of being in a minority. As anyone who has been in one will know, being in a minority can, and often does, have a negative impact on your life. This can be anything from the subtlest feeling of alienation to full-blown sexism or harassment.
Not only this, but there is a compelling financial argument for improving diversity - companies stand to gain significantly from having more diverse teams. They will be able to reach more corners of the market, and be more innovative and creative.
We wanted to provide a space to discuss the consequences of being in a minority, and how they can be tackled. We also want to look at why it's better to have more diverse, balanced teams, and how we might be able to move forward.
There are hundreds of reasons why women and other groups are under-represented in technology. The one thing that is not included in these reasons is the idea that "women just naturally aren't as good at technical things". This statement is sexist, plain and simple. It relies on negative, lazy stereotypes and is offensive to the women who are already succeeding in the industry.
We believe women are just as talented, intelligent and able as men, but that a mix of practical barriers, social pressures and various stereotypes combine to stop them entering the technology industry.
Technology is one of the fastest growing, most important sectors in the global economy and it will only become more crucial in the coming years. Women deserve to be a more equal part of this.
We welcome comments, opinions, arguments and posts from women and men on all the issues we tackle. We will delete anything particularly or personally offensive.
Finally, we're interested in discussing different parts of the industry. So for example, a female CEO of a start-up might face different challenges to a female junior programmer.
At the basis of the blog is the idea that the technology industry will be more dynamic and a more interesting, fun place to work if it's more diverse and full of different people with different ideas.
To try and anticipate the ignorant types, we are not saying:
- That every single problem women face is caused by our being female. Some problems are caused by sexism; some are not. Just because we are aware of the problems affecting women does not mean we are incapable of realising when gender is not an issue
- That women should be pushed forward at the expense of men
- That women are in any way better than men
- That the tech industry should be female dominated
- We are not in any way excluding men: we're simply discussing topics that happen to mostly (and adversely) affect women. Men are welcome to join in. This is not a "women only" blog, but the issues are unlikely to change unless they are discussed.
- We are not being unequal. We are arguing for equality.
- We are not asking for special rights or special treatment. Women don't need special treatment to succeed - they simply need to be on an equal footing in every way. The figures show that they currently are not.