Time for IT to grow up?

1916 class of the Tabulating Machine Company (major component of IBM)

Having worked in IT for  25 years I can definitely say that while there are nations that are slowly eliminating the gender bias (often way too slowly),  parts of the IT industry lag seriously behind.  You only have to read this article by Wendy Schuchart  to see we still have some way to go.   I just hope the people who organize these sort of events are listening to people like Wendy, but I sadly doubt it.   Of course EMC or VMware may blame their external partners, but it is not difficult to discourage this sort of behaviour.

Maybe it’s time for some positive discrimination?  IBM has a great track history here, way back to the early 30s.  But while the sales part of the business appears to attract women and men in fairly even numbers, the more technical roles remain male dominated.  I have never been certain why (though I have some ideas).

Graduates of IBM's first women's systems service class at Endicott, N.Y., in 1935.

So if you are responsible in any way in organising IT industry events, please read Wendy’s article and share it around.   Consider it mandatory reading:


Of course there are worse industries out there.   Just look at auto industry trade shows.


About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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3 Responses to Time for IT to grow up?

  1. Pingback: What’s the verdict on the VMworld 2011 booth babes? - CIO Symmetry

  2. Don Newman says:

    When I started with IBM in 1966 women were fired when they married. This ended shorty after.

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