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Number of women entering IT field drops

According to statistics, the number of women choosing to major in computer science dropped 70 percent between 2000 and 2005. With new programs implemented to encourage young girls in the areas of science and technology, why is this happening?

According to statistics, the number of women choosing to major in computer science dropped 70 percent between 2000 and 2005. With new programs implemented to encourage young girls in the areas of science and technology, why is this happening?

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It's a depressing statistic. According to Computerworld magazine, the number of women choosing to major in computer science dropped 70 percent between 2000 and 2005. And there's more:

  • In 2006, only 15 percent of girls took Advanced Placement exams for computer science, the lowest female representation of any AP exam.
  • Of all the computer science degrees awarded in 2007, only 19 percent went to women.

There are lots of theories as to why women make up a smaller percentage of men in the IT field -- there is a scarcity of female role models already in IT, girls tend to veer toward careers that offer more social interaction, etc. What I don't understand is the drop in the last few years when the issue was finally being recognized and addressed in programs specifically geared toward young women.

For example, the Girl Scouts offers a program of weekend and weeklong technology camps called Technology Goddesses that aim "to keep young girls engaged in computing and technology, especially through those dicey middle-school years when girls' interest in computing begins to decline."

I ran across another organization with the same goal that calls itself "Nerd Girls." (The name itself might highlight part of the problem. In a time when young girls are subliminally encouraged by the media to be "sexy," I'm thinking the nerd tag might not be too appealing. Hello PR department!)

So what's going on here? I can't bring myself to believe that girls' brains have undergone some kind of evolutionary redesign in just six years. Is Hannah Montana to blame? (Just think if we could get her to stop writing songs and start writing code!)

Seriously, though, I'd like feedback from men and women in IT. I'd really like to get some insight from women who have left the world of IT for various reasons.

About

Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

282 comments
aekblade
aekblade

I am a 21 year old woman..and i am the only IT person in an engineering company of about 60 people in 2 different locations. I replaced the "closet" type network admin who was here before me. I am very social and no one has an issue with me in the office. I think I turned the tables on the typical "geek". And i love my job!

Nancy.E.Lyons
Nancy.E.Lyons

You raise some interesting points. As a female leader and CEO in the technology industry, I find it an interesting phenomenon that women are leaving technology jobs more frequently today than they were five years ago. That being said, instead of focusing on the reasons why the drop off occurs, I think it???s more important to focus on what we can do to fix it. At my interactive agency, we work hard to not only encourage women to pursue their interests in the tech industry, but also to keep them once they come. It is our responsibility as employers to support all of our talent in being engaged in their work, and in allowing for a healthy work/life balance. I can't help but wonder if there's an inherent conflict between the tech industry and the cultural/societal pressures on women as professionals, moms, wives, managers of homes and work. Some sensitivity and flexibility around these issues could go a long way toward attracting women to the industry. Additionally, the messages we send about the industry to our communities and to the young women in our lives are critical. For example, my colleage and I publish a blog about women and technology at www.geekgirlsguide.com. This is just our small contribution to establishing women as leaders in the male-dominated technology world and presenting women as role models and mentors. We can bring these numbers back up. We just need to concentrate on what we can do better as women in the technology world. Nancy Lyons, CEO Clockwork Active Media Systems http://www.clockwork.net/

fordprefect12
fordprefect12

Hello I'm a female and work in IT. Just one more exam to do then I'll be Comptia A+ certified. Next its Network + then MCP. In my experience there are even fewer women in actual pc repair. I have built up from scratch a few pcs while working parttime at a computer repair shop. I like the hands on and problem solving that pc work involves. IT women that I met tend to be in the administrative side of IT. I guess the word IT has different definitions and meanings. IT has changed quite a lot over the last few years. I do know that some females who say they work in IT and the like, would not be able to replace a harddrive or update a bios in a pc. I am a tom boy by nature, always have been. Never had issues when dealing with males. I also know that we have the advantage when we need to call on the customers premises especially when calling on single women or the eldery. They prefer females for safety reasons. Ford.

Mnemonyss
Mnemonyss

In IT women have always been a minority. Many women simply are too afraid to touch a computer beyond browsing the internet and the occasional email. It takes a highly analytical mind to jump in and take the initiative to learn. I work in Security and am pursuing a degree in IT. I've worked in the field for 10 years. Of course that is another issue with IT, it is ever changing. It is hard to get back into if you've left the industry to stay with your child for several years. The impact 9/11 and the dot.com bust had on the industry several years back also caused some to question if they should enter the field. IT nearly collapsed at that point. I was out of work for at least a year, and when I did return to work the pay scale was considerably less. Unless you are in a specialized field, IT won't pay you much, although it would be a better start than a cashier at wal-mart. But even those jobs are now rising to the occasion and beginning to have a higher starting pay in certain geographical locations. Many woman are looking for stability and security. If something tragic were to happen yet again to the IT industry, many single mothers, and families who are comprised of mainly IT people will suffer greatly. Another thing I come across from the uneducated public when I've dealt with them on the phone, is some men honestly believe a woman can't possibly understand or know anything about the problem he's having. Being asked "Is there a man in your department that I can speak to?" immediately when you answer a phone is rude and insulting, though it's not as prevalent now as it was in the early 90's. I've seen it in the automotive industry and in the computer industry - both are largely a man's world. I tend to gravitate towards these industries though. I find anything mechanical/electronic challenging and rewarding. Parents really should encourage their children in these areas. I've had my 15 year old daughter help me build computers, and I regularly test her on basic troubleshooting steps to ensure she has the skills she needs to be able to fix things herself when needed.

No User
No User

Business needs to get it's act together and properly address IT as part of the business. Until that happens I can't recommend IT as a career. There is just far to much instability and uncertainty across the board that desperately need addressed. Things like hours worked, compensation, training, job security and simply being considered as part of the business to name a few. In my experience working with professional women and not just those in IT they seek a more solid ground and stable future then IT provides. Women seek inclusion and business in general views IT as an outsider. Men have generations of experience that have cultured us to be more able to adapt to an uncertain job environment like IT. It doesn't make it any better when you get the short end of the stick we just expect it to happen and have some level of comfort with it and treat as a stop along the way. Even in the best of times you carry the burden of knowing that your knowledge is in a loop. You must learn something new and over time you become well versed in it and then it's obsolete. This never stops. Counting beans or being a Nurse provide a great well paying stable career that for the most part can be static and jobs are plentiful it seems like a no brainer.

kristina_johnson
kristina_johnson

So why the drop? Who knows - I kinda think being an "IT girl" is pretty dang sexy myself : )- Maybe girls in America just aren't to sure if any jobs will be left for them after outsourcing and competing for scarce jobs with the men? Let me start off by saying that I never would have chosen this field - I knew NOTHING about computers in high school - the only reason I went into it is I was offered a job working for a local IT consulting company after high school where I learned to build and troubleshoot PCs. My interest grew and I decided to major in Management Information Systems. I would have majored in Human Resources. Fast forward to graduation time. I was hoping to take on a full time IT consultant postition within the consulting company I worked for all through college. Instead of being stuck at the office doing paperwork and building new computers, I wanted to be sent on the job - driving to client locations and fixing problems. When I approached the company about my desires - I was basically told that I would not be sent to go offsite because I was a woman and the owner did not feel comfortable with a woman being sent to the client's offsite locations; apparently he would feel "bad" or something?? - Lets just end that by saying I found myself another IT job and now I am a Technology manager for 65 user office which is part of a 9,000 employee company. Now I am basically the help desk technician and network administrator for this 65 user office and I have plenty of opportunities to assist in "fixing" things - yeah - horary for me ; ) I do find that in my company of 9,000 employees - I am in the minority being female in the technology department. I have found that people are surprised when they hear what I do, and I have felt "slighted" by the men at times who hold similar positions - like I couldn't possibly know as much as I do- but whatever - its all part of perceptions - I tend to just ignore it and do what I do best and most of the time - YES - I would have to say better then the men. NOW wait - let me explain - I will be the first to admit men and women are NOT created equal - the reason I know this is because I have two kids - one is a girl and one is a boy - NOT the same- AT ALL. So really what it comes down to is men and women each have strengths and weaknesses. I would be the first to say that there are probably some jobs within IT to be held by men and then there are some jobs within IT that would be better held by women. For example - communication - largely better suited with the women - Also a complaint of mine - the men in my division - they don't communicate - or at least not well or maybe just not to me?? ; ) In a position like IT manager where communication needs to be a strong hold a woman may be naturally better suited for the position. Help desk is another position where a woman may naturally better suited - as a mother patience is required - woman in general are naturally equipment with patience due to child bearing and rearing. IT jobs better suited for men? Writing code - more logically inclined. Or high stress positions where split second decisions required - Men in general handle stress better. I think a great IT department would include a good mix both genders so the company could utilize the strengths and weaknesses of both genders.

ehartunian
ehartunian

I am a woman and I have been in IT field since 1992. I have a degree in computer science and MBA in IT management. Recently I quit my job due to abuse from top level management (MEN). I was forced to work more hours with less money. Systematically they made the life very hard for me and guess what I had to quit my IT manager job. I am a full time professor now teaching at the local colleges (IT courses). Some Men can not see a woman knowing more and especially IT.

neilb
neilb

that we're not all [b]misogynists[/b] in this [b]male-dominated[/b] field of ours. Please, if you're going to put up snappy, subject-only posts with only four words, have the decency to spell the key word correctly and put in the bloody hyphen. Some of us are anally-retentive pedant geeks instead of misogynists and suffer real pain from such sloppy behaviour. :_|

eddyrox1
eddyrox1

im currently completing my IT degree. and i can be proud to say that i was one of the two batch representatives within it. thanks to that i have honestly had a lot of exposure to females in the IT industry. first impressions- i will never forget the first day i walked into the classroom where we met up to go through our orientation. the university i study in offers business degrees and IT where the intake of a batch for both streams are made on the same day to increase interactivity amongst students of different batches. first thing i noticed. nearly all the girls in the room had the pink file for business stream which left almost all us guys holding the blue file for IT (tragedy) working as a rep- honestly speaking. before starting the degree i hated repeat HATED programming (not the computer.. just programming) where syntax was just meaningless rubbish to me. however the lecturers shed light onto programming a way my brother and anyone else completely failed to. suddenly programming was a lot about analyzing a problem with a mathematicians mind. logic is more important than the syntax were the words that got me rolling and now i cant kick programming out of my blood. where am i going with all of this..?? fact is computing does not roll in the same direction that a majority of the females do. i have seen it and experienced it specially during the coaching sessions i have done. the girls however were a lot better at picking up the theory bits(during lectures on multimedia) than i was. this combined with the fact that mostly girls took business stream just says a lot by its self doesnt it. no offense meant.. but i don't think that computer savvy parents should be trying to push the kids into IT stream just because it seems natural. making sure they know how to get around the computer is of course essential(it is an integral part of any workplace now after all) but higher level stuff should be kept as a decision for them and only a suggestion from the elders on a side note.. i hated programming yes. and my dad and my brother(both software engineers) never convinced me otherwise.. in fact it was just a whim that made me pick the degree.. final observation- males are just naturally inclined(but not always more capable) toward this stream.

ShoePhone
ShoePhone

Mnemonyss here mentions her 15-year-old daughter is helping her build and troubleshoot computers. This sounds like an excellent approach to get more young people into the field in general. After all, traditionally, kids have gotten interested in fields because of parents, relatives, teachers, neighbors taking time to show them the ropes. Perhaps more of us should follow Mnemonyss' example.

ShoePhone
ShoePhone

Interesting observation that men can adapt better to an uncertain job environment. I can't think of a single field in which that is true. Women have traditionally been considered "surplus" in the labor market, laborers that are called into the market as needed and laid off in the first round. It is only in the last two decades in which women are seen as having full-time careers outside the home their whole lives (because, frankly no one can afford not to). And still, as masses of people were laid off in 2000-2001 reports are out that women are having a hard time getting back into the job market. Some have considered this women "choosing" to stay at home, but this trend should be looked at carefully. Food for thought: in the 1940s when WWII ended, women were kicked out of factories in high numbers to make place for men. As recently as the 1960s, in many places, it was written into contract that if a female school teacher became pregnant she would automatically lose her job. I think that shows women have some history with an uncertain job environment.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

[i]woman in general are naturally equipment with patience due to child bearing and rearing. [/i] What of women who don't bear and raise children? Are they naturally equipped with more patience than men, too?

ShoePhone
ShoePhone

Mr. "No User" pulled out the "victim" name calling downthread to belittle one of the posters. It occurs to me now that maybe it was *this* post that was bothering him. This post has very little info, and so I can see where someone would jump to the conclusion that the poster is a victim whiner. Because don't we all work more hours with less money? But people who respond this way fail to understand 2 things: (1) Certain work cultures discriminate against women in all aspects of employment and daily life, in the big things, the small things, the very hard to document things. When we find ourselves in one of these places we try to survive, watch our backs, do what we can, but almost always move on. (Loss of talent and competitiveness for the company.) (2) Abuse from top management, organized abuse to force someone out, is quite common in this country. Again, you may think "this happens to everyone" but when you combine this trend with a climate of discrimination, the female employee has very few options. Did I say all of IT or all men discriminate? of course not. Please read the post before you reply.

kristina_johnson
kristina_johnson

If the this trend continues - what a sad day for companies and users everywhere! Women can contribute so many positive things to a company in the role of IT whether it be in the IT manager role or help desk technician role - it would be a sad day for a company used to having women in their IT department to no longer have their positive contributions.

neilb
neilb

And then I really start to worry. :_| :^0 Still, thank you for the compliment...

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

now I'm really going to have to fight myself not to read ahead. B-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

The jobs were rightfully given BACK to the men that had to leave the jobs to fight for our country. Or do you think if someone is called to active duty they should lose their job?

No User
No User

A good head soak does wonders for that... ;) Reality is hard take for those who deny it. For the record men invented work. Men invented the uncertain job environment and men have been dealing with it far longer then women and are much better suited to adapt to it. More to the point men invented the entire system which you complain about. When men created the system women were not permitted to work and along the way men changed that. Perhaps that was a mistake... ;) When this country was founded only men could vote and along the way men changed that. Perhaps that was an even bigger mistake... ;) All joking aside men did invent the system for better or worse and have been dealing with it far longer then women. Men are expected to be men and deal with the hardships, the classic line is if you need money then get a job you worthless bum. On the other hand the system generously provides for women whether they choose to work or not and especially if they lose their job. That said for the victim class boo whoo sob. :(

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

What exactly can women contribute that men cannot? Or do you simply mean to infer that as a person a women can contribute x/y/z and you are not espousing abilities that a man does not poses? EOE is a joke... I know, let's claim EOE so we can get a woman into the role and pay her 70% of what we would a man. Better yet, get a minority woman in the role and pay her 50%. It's enough to make me sick (well, maybe I am not that passionate about it). :) However, I do think the best person for the job should get the job, and they should get pay related to their experience AND abilities. Not their sex or skin color. Edited to add: I hope that did not come off as a pro-man rant. That was not my intention at all, but it does look that way in retrospect. :0

santeewelding
santeewelding

New-age type. Showing offhand concern for the second-ugliest guy in the world. And, when I die,...

neilb
neilb

Cranes neck trying to see that one. Aaagh! I've fallen over backwards.

neilb
neilb

Just asking...

jdclyde
jdclyde

anyone that would make such a simple minded post would not have been able to understand anything else..... ;\ yeah, the whole world hates women and that is why she gets harassed all the time in life, oh waaaa.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Since you are clearly insane, I stop trying to be reasonable with the miserable likes of you. There was nothing in that post that called you or anyone else a name. There was nothing that villanized you other than asking you to clarify your statement. When you make a statement as stupid as you did [b]"women were kicked out of factories in high numbers to make place for men. "[/b] what do you expect? Your overly emotional and underly thoughtful post clearly thought that these women that were filling in because there weren't any men left to do the job, that somehow it was WRONG for the men to not get their jobs back. Stupid. Sure, what you were replying to was BS, but that didn't make your poorly worded reply and less so. Sure, I have joked around with a few of the peers on here that I know, but you have not been attacked (by me), until this post, that is. And if you think this is some harsh attack, then you need to grow up, little girl. Only a fool would get upset over something posted on the internet like this. Are you a fool? You do yourself and all of the other women in the work force a grave disservice.

ShoePhone
ShoePhone

... or perhaps unwilling I never would have posted. My bad. To review, my purpose in posting simple information about labor history was, in debate format, to refute a single statement: "Men have generations of experience that have cultured us to be more able to adapt to an uncertain job environment like IT." Had a realized that name-calling and villanizing was standard practice for newcomers to the board I never would have bothered. JD, the point was not that solders do not deserve their jobs. The point was that women are accusomed to great disruptions in the workforce. Twice in this thread you have made my point. Thank you.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

We don't need no steeeenkeen facts!

santeewelding
santeewelding

You are reminding me of that other Gary Larson panel, the one where the bear near fills the telescopic sight, pointing to a fellow bear, as if to say, shoot his ass, please, not mine. Only, you are pointing to yourself with a position that fills the sight.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Go figure. 'Inventing work' is an oxymoron.

No User
No User

Is the pressure getting to you to the point you must call names and make threats? :( Must everyone else get permission from the circle jerk before they post or simply just not post at all? :0 You folks think TR is your personal private playground and won't play nice and share. When somebody else participates you must call them names and gather the TAG. Such are the obstinate conceited ways of circle jerks and their para attackers the TAG.

No User
No User

Oddly enough I was referring to you as having a cave woman mentality. That was your point the labor to live before civilization and companies and employment of labor were created verse the labor for a paycheck which is not only my point but the point of the article. JOB OCCUPATION at WORK "Number of women entering IT field drops" you just got it exactly backwards thats all. What ever I spread here it's certainly no worse then the frivolous nonsense and general BS of the circle jerk which you are a proud member of. Who is the next member of that obstinate conceited group that Sonja will have a SPOT LIGHT ON? ;)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

generating a paycheck with labor, toil, task, chore, craft, sweat, tend... Must be that caveman mentality you spread about here. etu

No User
No User

You are confusing basic needs like hunting and gathering and good cave keeping practices with the social structure of civilization. Men didn't have a mere influencing hand we flat out invented/created it!!! I will note the "for better or worse" part of that statement that men invented work in my post. You are obviously confusing the description of work in the most broad (liberal) terms. The topic of the article and both the post I was responding to and my very own post are all specifically directed at having a JOB a.k.a WORK!!! The topic being that women are avoiding the IT field. That said I stand by my post and defy anyone to prove it wrong. ;) For the record Al Gore actually invented inventing the internet. It's not exactly the same thing unless your a democrat which of course they never let reality get in the way of their facts. ;)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

jelly making is too messy. The juice spills and splatters would stain my dress. Bad enough I have to lose the heels and work barefoot in the kitchen. X-( etu

santeewelding
santeewelding

I'd see to stowing all the kerosene and matches before bed.

jdclyde
jdclyde

There are some of us knuckledraggers out here that realize and appreciate just how hard women worked BEFORE they worked.... That isn't even counting people who were a part of farm life.... B-)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

[i] For the record men invented work.[/i] What, like Al Gore invented the Internet? Men may have had an influencing hand in how work has evolved over the millennia that humans have occupied the planet, but work itself has been obligate to survival from day one.

jdclyde
jdclyde

she has been to close to the issues to allow herself to lighten up and look at it with any humor. Sure, through history women have had a tough time at some things, but that has nothing to do with why enrollment in the field is going down, for both men and women. And yes, there are people from all walks of life having a rough time, that don't blame everyone else for them. Victim mentality is becoming all to common these days, in many walks of life. It is fashionable, it seems.

No User
No User

Read my Post - You are wrong on all accounts as expected. You simply are not a challenge and I have no desire to get into a flame war with you and your completely distorted view of reality. Lose the victim mentality and stop bleeding on this thread! It was you that attacked me but then a BIG VICTIM wouldn't realize that!!!! :0 Add that to your list of distorted views. ;) Please seek medical attention from one of the ladies in health care you are bleeding all over me. :0 I'm now done with you!

ShoePhone
ShoePhone

I responded to your commends by talking about plain facts in the fields of History and Economics; plain, undisputed facts about the labor market. Your response is attack and humour? Victimhood? How odd. Now your next post includes ideas that would make any History teacher PTSL. "the system generously provides for women whether they choose to work or not..." so the US AND world statistics on women/children and poverty over the centuries and today have no interest to you? Go ahead and respond by more name-calling; it suits you.

jdclyde
jdclyde

run away! run away!..... :D

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

[i]If you piss off your wife, she will bitch about it the rest of the night. If you REALLY piss her off, she sill give you the silent treatment.[/i] Piss me off, I'll get quiet. The first warning that you'd better sleep with one eye open. REALLY piss me off, you'd better get a room someplace else in which to sleep if you want to live to see daylight.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Just like in documentation, the main point gets lost in the over verbosity. So, someone that just can't sit down and STFU is not always seen as a good thing.... :D If you piss off your wife, she will bitch about it the rest of the night. If you REALLY piss her off, she sill give you the silent treatment. Don't you think it is worth that little extra effort? ;\

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

but 'communication' implies mutual understanding on the part of the communicator and the communicatee. I wouldn't go so far as to say that [i]women communicate more often than men.[/i]

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Generally has a lot to do with familiarity, and occasionally, perception. I do not feel that this is a gender thing, and to say that women could be more beneficial to an organization due to them communicating more often, is irrelevant. Sure, I don't communicate with my wife enough :p but I am generally a very effective communicator within my organization and positions responsibilities.

No User
No User

I did. Unless I wouldn't like it then in that case I didn't ;) A little humor goes a long ways when dealing with the BS that gets slung on a powder keg topic at TR. :) Please don't feed the hdunnigan troll. I think hers is bigger then mine in fact perhaps hers is the biggest of all. :0 Someone please put a tourniquet on hdunnigan before she bleeds to death.

ShoePhone
ShoePhone

I think the motivation to his posts lie elsewhere. He is using familiar blog tactics to silence new voices. Instead of arguing on facts he raises his emotions to a peak and harps on a particular political philosophy that is dear to his heart, in this case, the idea that "victimhood" is at the core of all our problems. He is able to see 'victimhood' in virtually anything posted here because it has become it is the only lens he knows.

No User
No User

Women are going into health care by the droves. Big pay great benefits and a 3 day work week for "some" are drawing them like a magnet. The shortage is do to rapid expansion of health care causing a need beyond the ability to train an field new health care workers. With the exception that I mentioned in my previous post IT has been almost exclusively men. Get your facts straight and stop victimizing yourself with your convoluted trollop. Perhaps more to the point playing the victim. I'm not going to play flame war with someone who has victim mentality and thinks that SHE has the upper hand simply because SHE is a women. In this case I now invoke my favorite of Murphy's laws, never argue with a fool if for no other reason a mere passerby would be unable to distinguish the difference. I will now offer an modification to that by adding the word victim either in addition to or substitution of the word fool. Please seek medical attention from one of the ladies in health care you are bleeding all over me. :0 That said I'm now done with you.

ShoePhone
ShoePhone

You pulled out the word "victim" again in THIS post to denigrate this poster. I read her post. She did not do any "victim" whining at all. She merely stated her opinion on what women can contribute (which I don't fully agree with, BTW). I see a clear pattern here, Mr. No User. Whenever a poster shares her view and you dislike it you pull out the "victim" name calling to derail the conversation/start a flame war. It shows you can't take the topic seriously, which actually says a lot. PS, your timeline is wrong. Women were active in IT BEFORE Y2k. They were stronger during the earlier years of COBOL programming. The decline really has been going on for some time, with the Internet period just being a bubble. Your facts about women preferring nursing have to make me wonder as well. You have never heard of the nursing shortage? We in healthcare are *desperate* for more men & women to join the field. So, again, interesting trends... or will you resort to name-calling again?

No User
No User

You have got to be kidding me. I have seen a lot BS here but that takes the cake. Perhaps if you have women talking to women about everything but IT but then that would not not be viewed as a benefit by the company unless it was an all girl company called lets talk. ;) Exactly what do women bring to the IT table that men don't? IT has been doing just fine from the start with very few women and the past influx of women into IT was do to the Internet becoming common to both business and house holds and Y2K and the perception of big bucks and job security with an IT career and IT was viewed as glamorous. Now that Y2K is history and the whoop-T-do of the Internet is passe the harsh reality of an IT career has settled in and that is the main reason why women have turned away from IT. The other part is the high pay and job security of health care and bean counting. Both of which have female ratio far higher then men and you could add the financial and banking industries and marketing is on the fast track to that as well. I guess inequality is OK if it's women treating men unfairly and more to the topic women numerically dominating an industry. Being a victim is so 80's/90's. Welcome to the 21st century.....

kristina_johnson
kristina_johnson

Jellimonsta - You asked what women can contribute that men cannot - Its not that they cannot - its just that in general women are better at certain things JUST as men are better at certain things then women. See my other post and maybe I explain myself better. I see a great IT department as being a mix of both genders... what I mean in my original post is it would be a loss to "IT" and the business they support to lose the contributions women bring to IT - example- by nature women communicate more often than men - this could be very useful and beneficial in the role of Help Desk Technician or Technology Manager.

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