- Kate Brodock
- Cazenovia, NY
- United States
Founder, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Should we really stop talking about the "women in tech" issue?
I wrote a response today (http://bit.ly/gY8zv4) to an article on TechCrunch concerning the women in tech "issue" and how we have to stop talking about it. There's been a lot of debate about whether this issue merits conversation, or whether we should all just get over it. I'm of two mindsets.
1) I'm not a fist-pumping feminist, I don't waste time boohoing the horrible position of women. It's not productive.
2) I realize that I've been lucky both in my upbringing and in my access to opportunities to advance myself in this industry.
So, my problem is that everyone suggesting we need to get past this debate probably has both of the above qualities (oh, and they're usually American), and yet they fail to recognize that other women both domestically and globally simply aren't in the position to "just do it."
I'd like to see more recognition of THIS factor, and move the discussion from an "I did it, so can you" to an "I did it, let me help you do it too" mentality (mentorship, funding, investing etc).
You'll get a better sense of where I'm coming from if you read the link above, but I would love to hear thoughts on this.