If you’re interested in reading about women in technology, or really, any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) profession, you should read this comic: Ping Pong Theory on Sexism in the Tech World
It’s really quite true. I can’t say that I have ALWAYS experienced the same kind of behaviour at the office, but maybe it’s because I’m from Canada, or just lucky.
I will say that I HAVE experienced similar attitudes from men when I work with them, in particular men who feel threatened that I know more than they do and could potentially expose them for being the frauds that they are.
I’ve had more bad experiences with American men on the whole, during interviews and that sort of thing. When I bid on American contracts, I find that the interviewers for the technical piece tend to contradict me a lot even though I know I am right, but when I push back and tell them that they’re wrong and I’m right, they get really angry. …. and I think: Hell I don’t want to work there anyway, if they’re all going to be jackholes like that.
(Why, yes I just made up a new insult formed from 2 standard ones.)
Also, I have never worked for a startup. I’ve only worked for established companies, so that might make the difference.
What I have experienced from that comic are the following:
- Not being taken seriously because I’m a young woman
- Being attacked by other rather mean women I worked with
- Being told I was wrong about something when I knew I was right — this happens a lot
- Having my ideas stolen — this happens a lot
Anyway, it’s a great comic which is why I highlighted it in its own post.
(Thanks to Jean!)