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#EqualInTech

If you have linked to one of my posts via social media before you probably will have seen the #WomenInTech that I put on my posts. This is because there are huge women in tech communities of Twitter. A place where like minded women come together from different countries and companies, to share their stories and virtually meet their peers. This isn’t common, there is also #WomenInSTEM, #WomenInBusiness, #WomenInConstruction…

But earlier I was on Twitter and I saw this account really laying into the #WomenInTech community for excluding men, just from an original tweet consisting of “I’m so proud of my fellow #WomenInTech”. I don’t often comment on things like this, and I didn’t this time as hundreds of others (not just women) were trying to defend the hashtag community and this man was simply just trolling.

If you’ve read my posts before I discuss more about how everyone should be treated equally. My posts and certainly none of my #WomenInTech peers that I associate with think that women are better than men.

If you google ‘Feminism’ this is the definition: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

It is infuriating to me though that this type of community has to deal with such comments, I wonder if their Mum’s never told them that “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.

In the UK, women in the tech industry take up 18%. Some companies may have more, some may have less but that is the percentage of the industry. Twitter is a big place, it has some very strong minded people and some very impressionable. It only takes one person to look at those trolled tweets and to turn them away from pursuing a career in tech because of the hassle it can cause you by strangers online. Just why? What’s the point?

So the next time you see somebody use #WomenInTech, this isn’t an insult or exclusion from anybody, just a connection to an online community.

We all just want to be treated like equals.

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Top Tip if you’re in a male dominated team

When working in a male dominated industry (STEM) there can be some awkwardness and people deal with this differently. There is nothing to shy away from, but you must stand up for yourself at the same time, as people may judge a book by its cover… which is to be expected, because I think we all do that, even if we don’t want to or say we don’t.

I am a big believer in not changing yourself to suit your environment, obviously at work you are going to be more professional than at home with your family and friends, but you shouldn’t change your core values and personality. I think sometimes there is a tendency for women to become “laddy” to fit in with a male team, but I think that is a personal choice.

What is key to working well in a male dominated team is to want equalism.

Don’t be surprised if your male colleagues tiptoe around you at first until you’ve fitted into the team and shown that you just want to be treated like any other member of the team, regardless of gender. I personally don’t mind being in a team with all men, because it can be a nicer work environment… less bitchy etc (Women don’t really help themselves there!)

My top tip when trying to fit in with an all-male team is to just chat with them, show that you’re interested in what they’ve got to say, funnily enough try to treat them as you would your female colleagues and as you’d want to be treated.

Creating an equal playing field is down to everybody.