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
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.