Monday, Jul 22 2019

What You Can Do About Gender Discrimination in Tech

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What You Can Do About Gender Discrimination in Tech

 

Many women who work in technology-oriented fields feel that they are battling against discrimination often, possibly on a daily basis. In some cases, they struggle to advance their careers or don’t have access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts, hindering their growth.

While there isn’t a quick solution to the gender discrimination problem, there are things female tech pros can do to help ensure that their career stays on target. If you are dealing with gender discrimination, here’s what you can do.

Evaluate Options (and Their Consequences)

Female technology professionals often have a variety of options for addressing gender discrimination issues. For example, they can choose to discuss the problem with members of the leadership team or, alternatively, can try to find out what steps they need to take to ensure they have a chance to get promoted. Even opting to leave an environment where discrimination is prevalent is an approach that’s on the table.

Before making any moves, it’s important to look at each option to determine what is viable. If you are dealing with a single discriminatory manager, then trying to switch to another team or speaking with HR could be reasonable approaches.

However, each of those also comes with consequences, such as the issue not being resolved or being involved in a full-scale investigation, respectively. While one shouldn’t automatically be dissuaded because a road may be challenging, knowing what will likely occur can help you prepare for the journey and ensures that your expectations are realistic from the beginning.

 

Create a Support System

Taking on the issue of gender discrimination alone isn’t just a more daunting prospect, but it may also prevent you from seeing results. Often, any problems you identify need to be back up by others, giving your claims more credence. Before you step forward, see if you can gather a small group of colleagues who can support your viewpoint. Not only does this ensure you have support throughout the process, but also increases the odds that you will be taken seriously.

Often, it is also wise to figure out if there are other companies that may hire you if things are not resolved at your current employer. In some cases, systemic biases won’t be easily undone, and you may be stuck in an unresolvable situation or, if an investigation doesn’t come out in your favor, be forced to resign. Essentially, you need a backup plan, ensuring that, if you have to walk away, you can with ease.

Then, speaking up doesn’t come with the same level of risk, allowing you to step forward without potentially damaging your career in a significant way. That way, you don’t have to remain silent, but you also don’t have to risk everything just to make sure that gender discrimination is addressed.

 

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