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Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?

Ana Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew.


Funny how that works. Companies really need to listen to we females. Our different perspective can often help, as the one example that was given for the woman who made the improvement on the website then got shot down. 


I’m reminded of just a few years ago, when I was getting started in grad school, that I signed up for a mentorship program online that was supposed to be geared towards women in engineering and tech. When the person I was matched up with tried to talk to me, he shot down why I was even getting involved in technical communications. He thought it had no future at all, and questioned why I’d even get my degree in the subject. It wasn’t like he was encouraging me to go into programming either, but he wasn’t exactly encouraging. Glad I dumped him and the program and did my own thing anyway. But I still see those barriers in very subtle ways. I still don’t feel like I have much of a voice in matters. Even today, I was in a conference call about localization, and I told them that I study this topic on my own time, read the book (see my review of Val Swisher’s Global Content Strategy), so I do have a good idea of what I’m talking about, and I was trying to encourage a top-down look at globalization instead of the bottom pushing up from local to global.


Anyway, I think they heard, but I don’t think anything is going to be done about it, but I can say that I got it off my chest, at least.  Was it because I’m female? I’m not sure. But I do know that women are not considered as smart very often in tech stuff, and it really burns me. 


What about you? What are your observations in the work force?


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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