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Kudos to IBM for being named one of the top 10 companies for women execs


Over the past decade, the percentage of women in the IT field has been decreasing. It's a disturbing trend, and I know a few women who have left IT, and they have been very candid with me about why they left. One of the factors has definitely been the perceived lack of opportunity for career advancement. And it doesn't help that technology can be a family-unfriendly field (because of hours and scheduling), for both women and men.

That's why I'm very encouraged to see that when the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) released their annual list of the top companies for female executives this week, it included tech giant IBM in the prestigious top 10 (which also included bellweathers Marriott, Aetna, and Gannett).

Why did IBM make the list? According to NAFE: "At the most progressive companies, like IBM ... targeted programs ensure women gain P & L [profit and loss] experience, while also emphasizing compensation equity, manager accountability for the advancement of women, and stellar training programs."

According to NAFE's statistics, only 10 of 500 CEOs at America's largest companies are women, and women occupy only 16% of corporate officer spots and 15% of board member positions.

Other tech companies that made NAFE's 2007 top 30 were Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, and Xerox. Anyone else notice the tech giants that are conspicuously absent, such as Microsoft, Apple, Intel, and Dell? I'd be interested to hear from people that work at those companies to get their perspectives on this.

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks.

16 comments
cretanion
cretanion

Let reality sink in.... The only reason women are at the top goes back to the days of slavery and the war. Let start at the beginning. Women were and are made by God are to be helpmates. Step ahead a few thousand years. In America we had sweat shops full of children, cheap labor. Then there was the the shortage of men during WWW II, which spurred on the revolution of women workers. They came along side of men to help. But lets make it clear, they were cheap labor, very cheap. As our economy grew, so did women's wages. So another need needed to take a women's place, and things started to go south, like Mexico. Then Mexico got to expensive and they went India. India got to expensive, so they went to China or whatever. But lets get back to your claim for women execs. What it all entails is pandering. If you can get enough women or minorities you get tax breaks. Get a women president and you can have all kinds of tax breaks. You can pretty much jump over any hurdle and get goverment favors and contracts. And who is smiling all the way to the bank. It is the men behind the scenes. It is a fasad and a money making scheme by men to look good. It is congress MEN and men Senators pandering for votes. Women in the workplace breed low wages and spur companies to send jobs elsewhere. They could not make money on children, women, then skin color or immagrants. It is just another form of slavery. It was this way with immigrants who started flooding into America to take over the workers jobs who have black skin. Take a look at the Civil War. The crop owners found out quickly that it is better to pay low wages, then it was to room and board people. Look at our school systems for example. Pay that low of a wage and the only people who take those jobs are women, married or single or single men out of college. Young married men cannot afford to take low paying jobs to feed a family and enjoy life. Then there is the good old boys network. Not many corporate execs want to play golf with a women. Ask Hootie. Some women are just playing the game men created. Some for profit and other to get ahead in life, thanks for sending my job overseas. This is not a bash on women, but reality. Kudos to IBM, NO! They just get alot of goverment contracts to keep their empire going. Also, the others on your list as well. Get with it. All the other who didn't make the list, do not need to pander. They just supply jobs and live under the good old boys code of life. The world sucks with all it pandering and whether you are a man or women the only kudos you should be proud of is what you will receive after you die. Remember, your maker is waiting patiently for you to return home.

bill_mcdonough
bill_mcdonough

If you're not simply trying to spur an outraged response, then... wow. You've got serious white male conspiracy theorist rage issues, dude.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Just look at the name. James

Why Me Worry?
Why Me Worry?

because I certainly do not share such an obscured and misogynistic mindset that this guy does, which I am assuming him to be one of those ultra conservative bible thumping Christian types.

Why Me Worry?
Why Me Worry?

I suggest you keep your political and religious views to yourself if you want to prevent from being flamed off this site.

cretanion
cretanion

Obviously you also missed your history class or slept right through it. History teaches First Amendment Rights to free speech. You obviously are nothing more than a hypocrite and cannot express any real criteria for your post. Why don't you flame yourself and get some knowledge and wisdom about history before you utter your progranda. You know nothing about womens rights movement or slavery. Tell us oh wise one!

Why Me Worry?
Why Me Worry?

perhaps the Kramer method will get you to shut the hell up

DanLM
DanLM

I actually re-read it like 3 times to prove to myself there really is someone that is that barbaric. Dan

DanLM
DanLM

Does your knuckles scrape the ground when you walk? Have you evolved to walking on just 2 legs yet. I can't even think of saying anything else without lowering myself to your level. Dan

cretanion
cretanion

I know the problem. You missed your History class in high school. I guess you do not care about history at all and why and how this nation evolved. But then again, they no longer teach this stuff in school anymore. Can you come up with a better response or do you lack any knowledge at all other than your pityful boo hoo response. You obviously lack any credibility.

cretanion
cretanion

I know the problem. You missed your History class in high school. I guess you do not care about history at all and why and how this nation evolved. But then again, they no longer teach this stuff in school anymore. Can you come up with a better response or do you lack any knowledge at all other than your pityful boo hoo response. You obviously lack any credibility.

DanLM
DanLM

Its fun watching him grovel. Dan

DanLM
DanLM

Chuckle, how many women does it take to be better then cretanion? Chuckle, none... Because they are all better then cretanion. Hmmmm Creaton, nobody gave Margret Thatcher crap. Because they knew she would kick their ass, and take names. Nobody will give Ms. Rice crap either, she is an iron lady just like Thatcher will kick ass and take names. Your not worth the ground they walk on, or any other woman come to think about it. Your showing how shallow both your thinking and reasoning really is. Dan

JamesRL
JamesRL

If you were a student of history as you claim you would know who Indira Gandhi, who was Prime Minister for 15 years. Or Golda Meir who was Prime Minister of Israel. How about Elizabeth I, one of the most loved monarchs of England - 400 years ago. Queen Victoria was also well loved. Isaebl Peron in Argentina. Bangladesh has had a woman Prime Minister since 1991. Iceland had a woman president for 16 years. Ireland has had a woman Prime Minister since 1990 (two women in a row). Liberia has a woman President. Nigeria, Pakistan, Phillipines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tirkey have all elected female leaders. Perhaps you should just take your misogynistic theories back to whatever backwater you came from. James

cretanion
cretanion

You know women? And what kind of women are those, massage therapist or strippers? Or are they just cave women? I wonder why you call your name droolin? Are you really Patrick Star from Sponge Bob? LOL. You will believe anything? One other thing, how many women are members at Augusta International? And one other, how many men are member at Curves Fitness Center? Who is the women leader from India? You are a joke. Mrs. Thatcher and Mrs. Rice will never and have never succeeded, because women outside of America and the UK are not acceptable in other nations where men dominate and women walk behind the man. Get a clue... or take a history class.

DanLM
DanLM

And I know enough women that could walk all over you with both their intelligence and work ethic that why should I look at history. History has proven that women can contribute. Look at Margret Thatcher, the leader of India, Ms. Rice, just to name a few. Shut up idiot, women are a force to be respected and reconed with in the work force. They earned that right, and if you think they didn't. Your an idiot. Pick your knuckles off the ground. Straighten your back, and become a man and quit acting like the wuss that you are because you are being challenged on the job by people that quite obviously are better then you in both intelligence and common sense. Dan

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