Women in the Technology Field
Women in the Technology Field
The revolution of technology had begun centuries ago; it had been the work of many over the years to bring it where it is today. It entailed people with bright imaginations to come up with technological inventions. These inspiring designs were then taken and built upon to improve its operation. Finally computers were no longer a revolution, but an evolution. During the course of time many men as well as women were affected by technology. Unfortunately, women have not received the same form of acceptance as the men in this field of work. After careful research, women in technology, they found it was difficult to ...view middle of the document...
From the construction industry to computer engineering, the perception of women’s intellectual level as well as their ability to perform has been not only radically low, but also alarming.
Computer trade shows and technical conferences are often more male dominated than the workplace or academic environments. Women are outnumbered by men at industry and academic conferences. At trade shows, companies have “historically employed attractive women to draw attention to product exhibits or booths” (LaPlante, 1989, p. 58). While this practice has been declining, there are reports that state it is not declining. Women are treated better at technical conferences that at trade shows, but are often propositioned by male attendees. This problem has discouraged friendships with colleagues who could be useful contacts for the women in this field and unintentionally offends potentially important men.
In the technology field some people consciously believe women are less capable which can lead to different treatment from men. There are those who acknowledge that women succeed at engineering, but are considered to be “somehow suspect”, in which women are held to different standards. They are not treated equally as men or even as individuals; these are situations of a more fundamental problem, lower expectations for women. Women are often asked fewer or easier questions than men, superiors often make contact with men before women, and more likely to know and use the names of their male employees than of female employees. Behaviors of men are sometimes considered attractive but not in women, there is something about our culture’s view of male-dominated field such as engineering that causes female aspirants to be considered unattractive. When speaking women are often interrupted more than men and are believed to be less technically inclined.
There are many women encouraged to explore the opportunities in the technology field by family and educators, but some feel they are not able to compete with men. There is no equal opportunity to have feminine workers in an already male dominated field. This is part of the problem which has not yet found a solution. Affirmative action: policies that take factors including “race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group “in areas of employment, education, and business”, usually justified as countering the effects of history of discrimination. It is similar with lowered standards; there are affirmative action programs that have goals to ensure all applicants considered in an objective manner. Many companies in the technology field have lowered their expectations for women; they still think females should not work full time or have eighty hour work weeks. Females are expected to be home to take care of the household, not to be career driven as men, this would be unfeminine.
There are many recommendations for women to...