Equal rights among genders has been a continuous battle fought publicly and privately over the ages. It cannot be denied that women and men are rarely seen as equal, and even if there are laws passed to break down this barrier, still, there are more battles women need to overcome. Why did we say that? When it comes to workplace gender discrimination, a substantial number of women in technology have encountered a certain kind of it. In the past, there has been a notable gender disparity in the field of information technology. Yet, the gap is starting to dissolve.
Throughout time, ever more women in the industry also chose to speak up about their experiences in the field, as evidenced by Ivanti’s Women in Tech Survey Report 2019, that presents the voices of more than 500 women who work in technology all over the globe. However, in the United Kingdom, only 8% of women hold positions of leadership or partnership in the tech business, demonstrating how much it is dominated by males. The National STEM Learning Centre and Network, TechUKWomen, GirlGeeks, and Cambridge AWISE are some of the organisations that attempt to get women interested in technology. There are few ambassadors on which to build goals, thus all of these elements must be used to encourage an increase in women engagement in the IT industry.
Surely, we have a few names like Paula Tolliver, who is the global leader of tens of thousands of IT experts. We also have Cynthia Stoddard who manages the IT and cloud operations teams and leads Adobe’s global strategy. Or even a Shivaun Raff, who has eventually been led into a high-profile spat with Google in the European Commission. Women in technology are always battling for their voices to be heard. They must repeatedly demonstrate their value, their thoughts resonating against the adorned stereotypes that our culture has built up through time.
Women, afterall, are 50% of the users of IT, their voice needs to be heard, their experiences built on, and adapted into IT Operations.