As a female in IT, you’re already a rare breed. There simply aren’t as many women working in information technology as there are men, so it can seem a little unusual to find a woman doing the job. That said, women are just as capable of completing IT jobs as men, and there is no reason that you should be treated any differently just because you’re doing the job as a female.
Unfortunately, the field of IT work is often plagued by gender discrimination. From off-color comments like, “Girls don’t work in IT” to mocking comments about letting a man handle the job, many female IT workers face discrimination and harassment every day.
Women may face gender inequality in the tech industry
Women are more likely to feel that gender inequality is taking place in the tech industry. Around 58% of people responding to one survey stated that they believed discrimination occurred frequently or very frequently. Only around 31% of male respondents felt the same way.
When asked specifically about personal experiences in the workplace, only 10% of men said that they had experienced discrimination. Women, on the other hand, said they had been discriminated against around 57% of the time.
What kinds of problems are caused by discrimination?
There are all kinds of issues that discrimination can cause in the workplace. Strictly speaking about the job, gender discrimination could lead to:
- Lower salaries
- Worse benefits
- A lack of leadership opportunities
- A lack of respect toward females in the workplace
Around 53% of women surveyed said that they saw discrimination in their salaries or benefits, which is definitely something that should not be allowed.
What should you do if you think that you’re a victim of gender discrimination?
Whether you face off-color comments from coworkers or your boss, you deserve better. If you believe that you’re a victim of gender discrimination, it’s your right to speak up and to look into your legal options. Discrimination like this cannot be allowed. If men and women can do the same job with the same skills, then they should be treated equally by their employers.