Hi All, Julie here. Welcome to day 2 of Women In Technology week here at SQL University. Thanks to Jorge for sponsoring this topic again. Jes Borland (Blog: Twitter) has gotten us off to a great start. Tomorrow will be my blogging partner Audrey Hammonds (Blog | Twitter). Thursday’s Professor will be Jen McCown (Blog | Twitter) and Friday’s will be Wendy Pastrick (Blog | Twitter).
It has proven to be a hard writing task for me. On the one hand, there does still seem to be a problem with a lack of women going into I.T. I have listened to women tell me some pretty horrific stories of workplace malfeisance, and in addition to other factors which may have caused the mistreatment, gender did seem to play a role. And when you miss an opportunity or get squeezed out of an environment you want to be a part of, that sucks. It hurts financially. It wounds.
But on the other hand, in my experience, the trials and tribulations I have encountered as a result of being a female in I.T. have been entirely surmountable and minor. This may not have been the case for me a generation ago. For that I count my blessings. And my saying that does not for a minute mean that my attitude is “oh you girls, stop complaining” or “I don’t believe you”. But my point is that I do not approach the gender gaps in technology with feminist rage, nor do most of my female coworkers. Really the most common attitude I encounter from people around this issue is bewilderment. We can’t understand why more women don’t want to go into a field which we find very rewarding. So for now, I am simply interested in getting the word out that careers in I.T. are great. I love my job and I want to help and encourage anyone (male or female) else who may be interested in this field to pursue it to the best of his/her ability. I want people to know one of my favorite things about I.T., which is that it is still largely a meritocracy, where ability and hard work will get you very far. Continue reading