Here's an old post I made on the subject,
Somebody's panties have been tied in a knot over it.
Jokes apart, the only women that seem to fit in neatly in predominantly male trades are those who are pretty masculine and emancipated enough not to get their panties tied in a knot over a ridiculous premise such as "B16B00B1E5". That does NOT include militant feminists, but might include the occasional butch or tomboy, yes.
That's what I'm talking about :
Yeah, I know, coding probably isn't considered as "macho" a trade as the above, but it's a very male trade nonetheless, and not every coder can be considered a "scientist" or an "engineer" in the strictest meaning of the term, anymore, so there's a lot of old-fashioned tinkering and "geeking" over things, just like in many technical trades. It's not all fancy webpages and "cool" image processing.
The closest non-IT jobs would probably be those having to do with practical repairs, e.g. plumbing, electric/electronic technicians etc. in which you also don't see a lot of women.
Hmm....coming to think about it, if women have successfully performed in all of the "macho" jobs pictured above, went through their fair share of whistling and salty comments through the ages and have stopped making too much of a fuss about it, what's the big deal with IT?
If all women in IT have to complain about is a silly hex string, they better shut up: others have had it (and are still having it) much worse than them.
Now that I think of it, I've never seen a female sewage truck driver or operator, nor construction workers ;-)
Last edited by Maes on Jul 21 2012 at 23:39