Crushing the IT Gender Bias: Thriving as a Woman in Technology, 1st Edition

  • Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman
  • Published By: Apress
  • ISBN-10: 148424415X
  • ISBN-13: 9781484244159
  • DDC: 004.082
  • 177 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released December 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Conscious and unconscious bias, societal pressures, and discomfort with women's ambition are issues that women are confronted with in any male-dominated setting, and tech is no exception. Statistically, women are a disproportionately small percentage of the technology industry. How did we get here, what is changing, and what can future generations of women in STEM expect? This book addresses these meaningful questions, plus many more. As a mentor and sponsor of women in the database and development communities, the author uses experience, visualizations of hard data, and industry interviews to describe the many challenges that women face in STEM. She then shows you how to inoculate against them. Small, positive changes like these are similar to a vaccine: they build individual immunity and thus create herd immunity to protect the most vulnerable. This shift is accomplished through increased representation of—and direct exposure to—successful role models in the industry. You'll get practical advice related to hiring practices, salary negotiations, and barriers to collaboration. After witnessing female peers depart the tech world, the author wrote this book to make her voice heard and start this necessary conversation productively so that women can thrive. This book is also for male professionals who desire to grow in their understanding and eliminate bias in their environments. By arming yourself with knowledge and facing bias head-on, you can be the meaningful change that you want to see in the tech industry. This book is for women in any area of technology with a desire to make and lead positive change by eliminating conscious and unconscious bias along with strategically confronting the many issues facing women in a field dominated by cultural bias. It appeals to those just starting a career through to seasoned professionals and those entering the management tier.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
1: The Numbers Behind the Stories.
2: The Complexities Behind the Challenges for Women in Technology.
3: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Changes.
4: Knowing Your Path Is Owning Your Path.
5: How to Find Mentors and Secure Sponsorship.
6: Moving at the Speed of Light.
7: Stories from the Trenches.
8: Closure and New Beginning.