Women Leaving IT Considered Discouraging?

26 Mar 2005 /

Women represent nearly half the workers in the U.S. — 46.6 percent. However, they always have been underrepresented in I.T. Even more discouraging is the fact that the percentage of women working in I.T. jobs is not growing but dropping.

Woman leaping through doorway into field

Why is that discouraging? Who exactly is discouraged by it?

Here’s a simple explanation: Maybe women don’t want to work in IT. Is there nothing more rewarding that a woman can do with her life than work in IT?

IT in the post-dot-com era is a stagnant industry. A lot of people in it would like to get out of it, but they need the money.

I don’t encourage my son to get into it, nor would I encourage my daughter to get into it, if I had one . . .

Thus spoke The Programmer.


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