After posting my rant about C|Net’s stupid article about women and gadgets, my call for people to write more about sexism in technology was answered with a link to Thus Spake Zuska. Zuska has a BS in Engineering, an MS in nuclear engineering, a PhD in biomedical engineering and a grad certificate in WoSt, and thus is eminently qualified to write about the topic of sexism in the academy and industry.
This blog is HARD CORE and I cannot believe how egregious the practices she writes about are. For anyone who wonders innocently “why aren’t there more women in the sciences?” a brief skim through the front page of this blog alone will answer that. Zuska focuses on sciences in the academy, although we all know that sexism is hardly confined to one particular sphere.
In full disclosure, I am not a scientist, I am a dot.commer (and a humanities major to boot). I’ve been doing dot.com stuff since 1998 (with two summers at Microsoft before that) and I can honestly say that although I’ve generally worked in all- or almost-all male environments, I have rarely if ever experienced outright sexism against me by any of my superiors and co-workers. I could dredge up a few incidents, but they are not representative of my overall experience. (I do understand that many women would not be comfortable working in all-male environments, which in themselves discourage women from the field). But obviously liberal web2.0 companies in Seattle and San Francisco are very different from academic science departments, which are cut-throat and backstabbing to begin with.
I’d be curious to hear from any women engineers about this. Perhaps my experience is because I work in product planning and consulting and researching, which are more female-friendly (I guess). Anyway, read the blog, it r0x0r.
Off to LA tomorrow. Finally met danah last night, and had a nice long talk with Clay Shirky. I have to say that the SF tech world beats the pants off NYC in that department (not in transportation, weather, nightlife or shopping, though).