Women versus Technology: Negotiating the Challenge of Retreat
What position and position do women have in relation to technology in general and the new technology in particular? The important but sensitive question requires closer examination. Studies have shown that the proportion of women enrolling in various courses and courses related to cutting-edge technology or in employment in high-tech companies is very low. In fact, when women make up only a quarter of the total, it’s considered pretty impressive. But that’s not all: women earn significantly less than their male colleagues. This scenario is true despite a significant increase in the number of women enrolled in schools and colleges.
As a sustained trend, it can be seen that significantly fewer women opt for the MINT disciplines in the pre-employment period. This is one, if not the only, cause of reflection by fewer women in a workforce working in science, industry and technology. A world in which half of humanity is believed to be women is cause for concern. It does not bode well when the amazing technological advancement occurs without much female participation. The following points highlight some of the daily challenges women face in technology in order to climb the ladder of success:
Unequal opportunities: Society’s mindset is still preoccupied with gender bias around the world, even in the 21st century.NS Century. The tech world is known as the male dominated profession because there is an unconscious bias that women are inferior and do not understand technical problems or have better technical skills than men. For example, women in technology get fewer job opportunities and promotions due to inequality.
Maternity leave: The technology-driven world still sees women as childbearing machines unable to work due to housework and childcare. Women in the tech industry lack that confidence because they know maternity leave can affect their career opportunities and may not be encouraged to get into an office after maternity leave is over. In the absence of adequate mental and physical support, women must hold back from successful careers and focus on motherhood.
Discrimination in every phase: Constant insults in a work environment negatively impact women in technology – they are discussed, ignored, more opportunities for men to interact, excluded from group events, and the list goes on. If a woman stands up for herself and her rights, she is seen as courageous and male employees see her negatively. Women must continuously fight for their rights and face these daily insults at every stage.
Women in technology must address the challenges of withdrawal in the following ways:
Overcoming gender stereotypes: Women need to stand up and speak for themselves to break gender stereotypes such as women unable to work in technology, lower IQ, insufficient technical knowledge, promotion as a woman, and more. Joining a male-dominated workforce and focusing on strengths and confidently bringing in innovative ideas for a company can be a challenging task to survive. But it’s one of the most important ways to break gender stereotypes in a workplace and change the way other employees think.
Breaking psychological thoughts: Gender-based discrimination and stereotypes can destroy self-confidence and the ability to stand up for oneself. Women have to form focus groups and fight together to break through psychological thoughts, to gain more self-confidence in the workplace, to return from maternity leave or to do successful self-marketing in order to be hired in reputable companies.
Search for role models: Women need to look for role models to gain confidence and take pride in being women in technology. Several femtech start-ups specializing in female products and services as well as female CEOs and top executives in popular companies are booming in the technology-driven market. Entrepreneurs are perfect role models to feel confident, overcome everyday barriers, and be ambitious to inspire future generations.
Equality, inclusion and diversity are the three main requirements for the tech revolution. The solution to this problem is not just about gender. This is a multi-dimensional strategy with a change in social perception, a reorientation of education and the promotion of female role models for inspiration.
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