That’s why the lady is a champ… #InternationalWomensDay #WomenInTech
Tech, I.T., Cyber security…. Etcetera
The industries forever under scrutiny due to the ratio of men:women.
Today is international women's day... #HASHTAG..., and being a woman in the tech industry I've decided; rather than focusing on the negative, I would rather rejoice for the positive…
Aruna Jayanthi, head of business services at Capgemini, was interviewed this week regarding women and their careers in the tech industry. She had some really refreshing opinions on women in tech.
Aruna was of the opinion that some of the issues in tech commonly associated with the fairer sex (sorry chaps, but it is our day after all) are actually issues affecting both men and women. When asked about women tending to be reticent in senior management meetings Jayanthi explained;
"I don’t think it’s just a women’s issue. I think it comes from not knowing your position or your boss well enough, your surroundings or feeling a little unsure about what you say and how it will be accepted."
So yay for us, men feel uncomfortable too. So much so, they can even seem a little sheepish in these big board meetings with the boss, SHOCK. So basically here, we've confirmed men are also human. Hoorah- had my doubts.
When Aruna was asked if she felt the tech industry was 'woman- friendly' (whatever that is…) she responded with;
"I think technology is the easiest industry for women. Look at an IT company, there’s no room for gender. People are judged on merit and how professional they are, and that’s it. Technology is the biggest equaliser."
… I can smell the bras burning.
Whilst I am not agreeing entirely with Aruna's statement, you have to love her sentiment. It's 2017, women in tech shouldn't need to be a hash tag, it should just be a standard expectation. Women and men who work hard in the technology industry are the ones who succeed, regardless of gender.
It's a refreshing take on the topic previously blamed for gender inequality. Hard work being the equaliser.
Aruna was then asked her thoughts on women in tech taking a break from their career to have children. Her response was once again an entirely new perspective on the topic of amalgamating ovaries with a career. Jayanthi embraces women returning to their career after taking some time to be a new mummy.
" We’ve found that hiring such women has been extremely good. Why would we waste valuable talent? With women, especially those who’ve made up their minds to come back to their careers, we find they’re very eager."
So there's a newsflash for you; women choosing to return to their career over their instinctive intuitions are actually eager to continue and progress in their tech working environment. Who'd have thought!?
It's fantastic that a professional in such a prestigious position is voicing these facts, however equally a little disheartening that it's taken until 2017 for our ovaries, fallopian tubes and career aspirations to finally be in synchronisation.
And the best news of all? Aruna Jayanthi, a successful woman in tech, is a self-proclaimed non-feminist *applauds*.
Advice Jayanthi want to convey to women in tech?...
"Do more with collaboration, influence and tact; you can achieve a lot of things without making noise."
So yes, we are in a predominantly male industry. In fact 70% of the tech industry are male.
However this does not affect our ability to succeed, progress and outperform as a minority.
From a personal perspective, rather than the industry being sexist- why aren't we looking at society? When I was little I was given dollies and My Little Ponies. My foster brother was given Gameboy's and Play Stations - based on my friends and family I would say this was a common household expectation.
The I.T., Tech, and cyber security industries do not have a preferred gender of their employees. Society engineers us from an early age to conform to gender stereotypes, thus the techie industries are predominantly male.
Will this change in time? I presume so with the governments introduction of the Cyber First Girls Competition encouraging girls of primary school age to take part in an online security competition. Also with new and changing ideas on gender expectations, all industries are probably going to see a more even keel of genders.
I am a woman, I am a marketing executive, I work in tech. I love my job, my company and the industry I work in.
This article offers a positive spin on women in tech in aid of International Women's Day.
Now go be sassy. We're allowed to today.
From: ‘Technology is the easiest industry for women’
Capgemini’s Aruna Jayanthi tells of how in an IT company, there’s no room for gender and people are judged on merit. In an interview with BusinessLine, Aruna Jayanthi, Head - Business Services, Capgemini, speaks about women and their careers, leaning in and why she is not a feminist. Excerpts: In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, spoke about how women need to sit at the table and lean in. Do you think women tend to be reticent?