Not all women are married, and even those who are still need to work in this day and age. And we don't all want to have children. I've worked extra hours and stayed up all night for - to help another woman push her web site live. And I'm more than happy to sit in front of a computer and code. Or to help someone understand something I already know. Are these "big things" to you?
I'm not at all in favor of quotas. However, there seems to be unwritten rules about women. Don't hire us unless we're pretty. Don't be yourself around us - assume we live in a bubble. And assume that we're all somehow less logical than a man.
I applied and was accepted for a job that involved more programming than I had previously done. However, a male coworker also applied for the same job. After I accepted the job, some male coworkers started being passive aggressive and less than helpful. Later, I learned that one of them was setting up the one who applied for the same job so that he'd have extra experience that wouldn't have been available anywhere else. So, if this is really about who you know, does that mean that men everywhere are setting up their friends to have advantages? If you're female, and you want a technical role, and there are no women you can befriend, I guess you're screwed.
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