Or are they being pushed out, but blamed for it?
A blog post in on Womensenews.org, raises interesting issues.
One woman characterized in the post loved her job in IT while working in the Washington D.C. area. The work environment was diverse, she felt comfortable, productive, respected. Then..
… a move to a company in the Midwest changed that.
“I don’t know if it was the company or the geography, but I could hear and feel the hostility,” she said.
Jones said even if a woman had been a team leader on a project, when it came time to meet with a client, she would be relegated to a secretarial role.
“I could be giving a presentation and if people had questions they would look to the men in the room and never ask it directly of me,” she said.
When she asked her boss how to deal with this sexism, she was advised to, “Play up my femininity. Make sure the men feel like they are smarter than you, then they will feel comfortable,” said Jones.
(I wonder what part of the midwest she moved to? Or, if this was just local variation in corporate culture for the firm she worked for.)
More than half of women in tech jobs leave their position mid-career. They still get about 10K less than men in similar positions. And so on.
This is mostly based on a report by the National Center for Women and Information Technology. The report is here.
What I find interesting, aside from the main issue (which is not surprising) is that the title of the blog post on this supposedly women-oriented site refers to women bailing out, while the situation really seems more like they are being”forced out.” And of course, the first comment mansplains that women get paid less because they are more willing to take the first offer they are given.