Women in IT: The Male Exec View

…organisations cannot afford to leave promoting women to chance, he says. “Survival of the fittest doesn’t lead to diversity. Therefore, you need to support and develop female talent.”

The value of this piece is questionable – I am confident no #it executive would publicly state that they do not want women in management circles. I’d rather look at the companies stats on #gender diversity along with an observation of their practices.

In my experience across a diverse range of industries, most women in IT are generally accepted because of their competence and skills. The more they acted dispassionately the better.

IT values intellect, reasoning and technical knowledge – qualities which are not gender-specific.

Is there room for a feminine management style in IT? Absolutely.

By the way I love this comment from a male IT employee:

“the IT sector is generally ready to let women who display the required skills rise into senior positions”.

If one ever needed proof that there is a men’s club in management then this guy is trying hard to support it. Who “let” men in? And what of the male managers who fail to display the required skills? I definitely know a few of those in the IT space! But that’s ok because they’re blokes.

Source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/it-pro/expertise/what-men-think-of-women-it-leaders-20140414-zqt76.html

Women in ICT: Making The Case

women occupy only less than 20 percent of positions in the majority of #ict occupations.

Speaking from an Australian perspective #it is an ongoing battle to encourage girls and women into Maths and Science.

A consequence of that is women are neither well qualified nor drawn to many roles in the ICT industry.

A further complication is the drop out rate of women in the profession.

This article argues why continuing efforts are needed to ensure #gender diversity in ICT and offers some suggestions on what needs to happen for that to occur.

Read the full article: http://www.first5000.com.au/blog/women-ict-competitive-advantage-making