The Fair Face of IT

The IT chan­nel has been to­tally male-dom­i­nated for years; the sto­ries of these women prove the shift is hap­pen­ing

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Women in­creas­ingly are tak­ing up more pow­er­ful roles at the work­place. Even those who are work­ing in con­ven­tion­ally male-dom­i­nated fields, are in roles that re­quire more re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity. The IT in­dus­try is con­ven­tion­ally male-dom­i­nated and for women, to ac­tu­ally be in lead­er­ship po­si­tions is quite com­mend­able. Women have dif­fer­ing opin­ions when it comes to how they are per­ceived by men at the work­place. They all agree, how­ever, that women have more of a bal­anc­ing act to do than men.

The IT in­dus­try re­quires a lot of tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise and soft skills ow­ing to the fact that they are women. Some of the women en­trepreneurs ad­mit­ted that men don’t re­act too well to be­ing led by women bosses. So a woman oc­cu­py­ing a top po­si­tion at the work­place has much work to do in terms of how she is as a per­son and how she is as a pro­fes­sional. She has to work dou­bly hard to prove her­self and find ac­cep­tance among her sub­or­di­nates.

Some of women en­trepreneurs say that while men at top po­si­tions can get away with just per­form­ing at the work­place and ig­nore their du­ties at home, women have to bal­ance out. They have to be com­pe­tent at the work­place and also ef­fi­cient while per­form­ing their house­hold du­ties. So she de­serves all the ac­co­lades. But the fact of the mat­ter is that there is not as much rep­re­sen­ta­tion as there should be. There are still not as much women as there should be at the work­place and even in lead­er­ship po­si­tions. There­fore, what has to be done is women have to be ac­tively en­cour­aged to come into the work­place and they need to be pushed even by their fam­ily mem­bers to be where their po­si­tion de­mands them to be. So what needs to be done is op­por­tu­ni­ties need to be max­i­mized for them and more wom­en­friendly poli­cies need to be in­cor­po­rated so that women find it eas­ier to keep the job when they take a ma­ter­nity leave or even the sim­pler things like not hav­ing to stay late at the work­place. These small things can go a long way in en­sur­ing that women ac­tu­ally stay in the job and are given am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­cel. Some women en­trepreneurs said that they have not faced too much dis­crim­i­na­tion at the work­place on the virtue of be­ing a woman, but there is skep­ti­cism as far as women bosses are con­cerned. It is cer­tainly ad­van­ta­geous to have ac­com­plished, em­pow­ered women in the work­force as they bring dif­fer­ent with them­selves qual­i­ties that only en­hances the over­all qual­ity of work.

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