If you are a regular reader of our blog, you’ll know that this summer we’re conducting a piece of research to try to find out to what extent sexism in IT might be a contributory factor in the relatively small number of girls who study STEM subjects and then develop careers in computing.
ScotlandIS, digitfyi and others have kindly promoted this survey, which is being conducted by an independent third party on our behalf. The survey will remain open for a few more weeks and we’ll then report the results in full in September.
However, in the meantime, if anyone doubts that this is an issue, they just have to look at today’s Sunday Times, where we can read of sexual cyber bullying targeted at girls, which is hardly likely to make them want to engage with technology, and there is also a substantial report on the revelations this weekend that Google has circulated an internal document entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” The Sunday Times reported that this document suggests “the company replace its efforts to improve the gender and racial diversity of its workforce with policies that encourage “ideological diversity.” The response from some of Google’s female staff has been forthright, with one suggesting “doc essentially saying that women are unsuited for tech because they like people, whilst men like things,” while another tweeted: “If HR does nothing this case, I will consider leaving this company for real for the first time in five years.”
If you haven’t filled in this survey then please do so – and please circulate this amongst your IT colleagues. You can take the survey at this link: BeITSexismSurvey
Stuart Alexander, Ops Manager, Be-IT