Saturday, 21 April 2007

I am woman, hear me whine

"IT managers fear growing technical gender gap"

one example of what some attendees said could become a major problem for organizations – the alarming number of women who are currently abandoning IT jobs like storage administration that require workers to be on-call at virtually all hours.


I bet a lot of men aren't exactly thrilled at the prospect of being on call at all hours either, but plenty will do the jobs that these women refuse to do. So what's the problem?

“IT is very much a culture and it consumes a lot of time,” said Brunette. ”I think women in that regard are at a real disadvantage.” She noted that companies can fail to attract female workers, or see them leave key IT jobs because they fail “to provide day care at work, or work-at-home options for someone who leaves to have a child.”


Yes dear, that's why IT pays better than jobs which don't 'consume a lot of time'. The question is, so what? If women aren't willing to do the same job as men, why should companies want to 'attract' them to the jobs? Why should companies care about 'losing' these women from these jobs, if they're not actually willing to do the job they're hired to do?

Lisa Johnson, manager of systems at Irvine, Calif.-based media company Freedom Communications Inc., and an IT administrator for the past 15 years, said that she believes women in IT can provide a crucial balance within groups. “Men are usually fascinated by technology, where women take it as a tool to enhance what they’re doing,” Johnson said. “Women are definitely more communicative.”


Now, let's see. If you're an IT company and you want to hire someone to keep your servers running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which would you prefer? Someone who's 'fascinated by technology', or someone who 'takes it as a tool to enhance what they're doing' and refuses to be on call outside office hours?

I think the answer is obvious, don't you? This is precisely the reason why there is a 'gender gap' in IT, because men are far more interested in the technology than women. So why should we care that there are less women working in IT than men? What 'crucial balance' are they supposed to be providing?

How can women complain that they're not treated equally, and then complain when they are treated equally? It's no wonder American IT companies are outsourcing so much work to countries where the field hasn't been infested with women who expect to be paid the same as men for doing less work. I'm sure there are plenty of men in India willing to keep servers running 24/7 for a fraction of the amount that American women demand for doing a lesser job.

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