Changing Channels: Where to Work if You’re a Woman in IT
If you’ve ever had a conversation with me about women in IT, you probably know my feelings on the subject. If you don’t, here they are: Women are critical to the success and advancement of IT. So are men. I'd rather not segment the two and instead talk about people in IT. I think it’s much better that way.
However, I know I am in a minority position, especially among my fellow female IT folk. And admittedly, there is a need for this emphasis on women in the sciences, mostly because there just aren’t enough out there. The reasons are many and varied, from plain ol’ sexism to work/life balance (raising kids is difficult when you’re putting in 15-hour days). Hopefully one day that will change. And hopefully I’m still around to see it.
But until then, there are groups such as CompTIA’s Advancing Women in IT community doing their part to ensure females are offered the same opportunities as males in the workplace, and to encourage girls to choose IT as their career. I support that.
I also support the calling out of companies that are recognizing the value women bring to the IT field, and doing what they can to support them. So when I saw CIO had published a list of the best places for women to work in IT, as compiled by the Anita Borg Institute, I had to give it a shout-out. (I also want to give a shout-out to the writer, Sharon Florentine, who is a righteous woman writing about technology in her own right.)
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Anita Borg Institute, it’s a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance women in computing. Again, something I can get behind.
According to the CIO article, here are the top five places for women to work in IT:
The ranking is based on recruitment level, promotion rate, women represented at the senior level and other factors, the article noted.
I find it interesting the top place to work is not a technology company but a financial services firm. Go figure. As far as the others, I can only say it’s interesting that a company with blatantly misogynistic commercials would make the top five.
I consider myself extremely lucky that I’ve spent the better part of 15 years writing about IT, yet I’ve never felt as though I have been treated differently than my male counterparts. It’s a shame that’s not a universal experience.
Things are changing, thanks to a younger workforce, and I firmly believe we will achieve parity among men and women in IT. Hopefully that change will occur sooner rather than later.