No I don’t believe my headline to be true. It was a silly rhyme that was used back when I believed boys had cooties. It was innocent and didn’t imply that my full time job was to fight the patriarchy, it was more of a “eww boys are gross and dumb,” and I’m 8. I am now 22 and nothing will convince me that the world is a fair and balanced place. At this point, I have seen and experienced the rude gender-based jabs, and most times I take a deep breath and carry on. But sometimes it really does get under my skin when I’m trying to encourage myself on my fitness themed Instagram account and some guy direct messages me to discredit me and call me ugly. Crazy how people hide behind a screen just to hate on people they have never met. And it’s even crazier how people are willing to say more online than in person.
I do not hate men, I do hate that I have to justify my stance by saying that. It is a fact that the technology industry is male dominated, and women have a harder time trying to enter that realm, the same is true for blacks and Hispanics. Lack of Diversity Could Undercut Silicon Valley shows some pretty serious pie charts depicting the lack of ethnic diversity in the industry. Professor Royal herself said that the technology industry was created by privileged white, rich men, and although we are taking baby steps the majority of the industry remains just that, white, rich and male. I do not discredit men’s achievements and contributions to technology, but I do resent the fact that women with potential have not been allowed the opportunity take part in this revolutionary era.
As I read Uber – Susan Fowler Memo, I couldn’t help but relate with the hopelessness that can and may surround us, women, as we enter the workplace. No matter how much we try, how good our resume is built up, the number of skills we have acquired, there is still a ceiling we are not allowed to break through to get to the next level. To relate it to my degree, the retail industry is swarming with women and yet the highest positions are still occupied by men. Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Dillard’s, CEO’s are all men. And say a woman is finally given the chance and becomes CEO and the company goes under (Marissa Mayer with Yahoo for example, an already crumbling company), you know what they’re going to blame? Oh that’s right a woman’s inadequacy at holding a position of power. Because as women, we must be perfect, and we must exceed or else it’s not good enough, no matter all the other mishaps prior to her taking the position. “What will be required is women’s realization of the potential they have with technology as well as the industries’ acceptance of women’s contribution.” (Royal, 2014) I agree wholeheartedly, but the technology industry first needs to stop turning a blind eye to their lack of diversity.