How Did Tech Become So Male-Dominated?
As the world (or possibly mostly the U.S.A) is waking up to the trials of women in a male-dominated workplace, and the disgusting abuse that many women have had to endure just to keep a job (yes, I’m speaking from experience!), I thought this video from The Atlantic channel on Vimeo might be timely, or at least encouraging.
Watching this reminded me of the historically-based film Hidden Figures, in which several black women are revealed to have contributed significantly to the U.S.A.s mission to get a man into space, or at least in orbit around the Earth.
Who knew—for decades!—about these brilliant young women, especially during a time of tense segregation between white people and people of colour in the U.S.A., before that film had paid tribute to their efforts?
Yet, even today, women world-wide are still struggling to gain respect within careers involving technical knowledge and skills. And women continue to suffer sexual harassment in the workplace.
For myself, one of my earliest and least favourite experiences in a new job, was being literally chased around a warehouse by an amused male floor manager with a broom he repeatedly shoved at my bottom! The boss also thought it was amusing, but did—while smirking—advise the fellow to stop. If I had been a little older, I would have walked out that day and never returned. (Yes, I did walk out of another job a few years later!) I had only stayed because I’d needed the wage.
No wonder so many women can harbour so much resentment in one lifetime.
But if you had already enjoyed the hugely inspiring TED presentation by Dame Stephanie Shirley, which is posted on this site, you may also find this report interesting.
It’s about time the human species on this planet stopped shooting itself in the foot, and began recognising that by holding women back in the workforce, more than 50% of human technological advancement is being delayed by years or possibly decades.
Seriously, think about this: What would have happened if Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had been women? There would certainly be no Apple, no iPhone, no beautifully designed personal computers and democratised creativity and tech magic. And if they had been black women, their chances would have been even worse!
This animated video focuses on the history of women in the software industry, in particular. If you have never heard of Grace Hopper, then you should watch this. If you had heard of her, you are to be congratulated; but watch it, anyway.
Whether you are male or female,
. . . May you always live your Exceptional Purpose!