Silicon Valley prides itself on its progressive views on climate change, same-sex marriage, transgender rights and other cultural issues. Why does it have such trouble with gender equality?
Source: Why So Few Women Break Through Tech’s Bro Culture – Bloomberg
This is a very interesting article to read. Technical communications is probably considered a STEM-related field in that, for many, there are science, tech, and engineering aspects of their jobs. It’s thought that women actually dominate this field more than men, although I don’t have the stats to back up that rumor–I know I’ve heard it. With the STC, the top leadership is definitely dominated by women, which is a good counterpoint to the rest of the STEM world. But I do wonder if there are still pay discrepancies between male and female technical communicators, and whether there are still biases against female technical communicators in the STEM fields at large. It seems to me that while technical communications may lead the way in gender equality, I don’t know of proof that this is, indeed, the case. I wonder if it also affects different aspects of tech comm. For example, are there more male or female UX/UI designers and writers? Are there more female or male content strategists? How about API writers?
I don’t know the answers. I wish I did. I just know that where I am, and from my experience, women still have a ways to go, and thankfully, tech comm is one of the more progressive fields, from my view, in terms of gender equality–or at least making it a field much more so.
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It’s a complex question. I don’t know the answers either, but I can add a couple of data points: the male-to-female ratio for membership in STC — which we can reasonably assume reflects the profession as a whole — has been running about 40-to-60 percent for at least the last 10 years. In the company where I work, two-thirds of our InfoDev group (including the manager) is female; the large majority of the engineering, customer-support, and marketing groups we work with are male.
I’d love to know if women’s pay in tech comm is equal to men’s, but I’m pretty sure STC’s annual salary survey doesn’t break it out by gender. Perhaps it should.
A final thought: What if every male manager in Tech were forced to watch the movie “Hidden Figures”? It might open a few eyes.