i'd like to take a minute to talk about the tech industry.
it's an exciting time for tech. there are incredible advancements in all aspects of our work and the industry as a whole progresses in ways that both inspire and frighten me. i want to be a part of it.
as previously mentioned on my site, i am working towards a BS/MS in Information Technology and want to branch out in my field as a trailblazer for my female peers in this otherwise male-dominated industry.
but i have to say, getting my foot in the door has been pretty daunting. i don't know if it is due my experience level, education level or, dare i say it, my gender. it pains me to think that this might ever be a factor in the hiring process. aren't we supposed to implement unconscious bias in the vetting process and hire based on qualifications, company culture alignment and the candidate's desire to grow?
i look around at tech conferences and meetups and it becomes evident that when they speak of minorities in our industry, they aren't speaking of ethnicity, per se. there is an obvious lack of women in most tech companies and i want to know why. i want to know why so that i can change it. i want to know why so i can educate other females on how to get around this obstacle. i want to know so that one day our male counterparts can learn to think differently when it comes to choosing their team.
i rant because it's 2015 and it's absolute horseshit that this is still an issue. let's not even get into the disparity when comparing salaries between genders - i'm talking about male:female ration in the first place.
it's been proven that women have great ideas. we also have the intelligence to create incredible products that can benefit end users. we have excellent communication skills and we know how to work with people.
why hold us back?