Are we discriminating against men?
The IT industry is evolving, and has been evolving for a while now. The one thing that has, however, not changed as drastically as one would expect within the industry are the diversity ratios. The software delivery stratosphere is still largely dominated by men. More and more organisations are now waking up to the reality of this situation, and are taking measures to fix diversity imbalance in their respective workspaces. One recurring argument against such measures to fix gender inclusivity is that these steps are discriminative against men. This, in my opinion, stems mostly from a lack of awareness about the challenges that women in the IT industry face on a daily basis. As part of this particular talk, I would like to bring to light not only some of these challenges, but also various myths about the reasons why there are fewer women in the industry and why this is a problem that we need to fix starting now.
Outline/structure of the Session
My session would tackle two different aspects of gender imbalance in the IT industry - First, what are some of the myths and facts around why there are fewer women in IT. Second, why is this a problem that we need to solve.
I will also talk about some of the aspects of patriarchy and social norms that have shaped the IT industry into what it is today.
Finally, I would like to bring to the table some ways in which people and organisations can help fix the gender imbalance in the industry.
Hopefully by the end of this talk, audiences will understand a little more deeply about challenges that women face in today's IT industry. It will also equip them with facts and data against the arguments of how this isn't a problem, or that gender inclusive efforts are some sort of reverse sexism.
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