Dope Female Designers & Developers

almost 10 years ago from Art Vandelay, Latex Salesman - Vandelay Industries

  • Jake Lazaroff, almost 10 years ago (edited almost 10 years ago )

    It's a pretty nuanced issue.

    Women are definitely less interested in fields like engineering and business, but it's pretty easy to see the way this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy—i.e., fewer women are interested because women are represented far worse than men, both in terms of the actual community and especially when being granted recognition within the community. The lack of representation is both a cause and an effect of the lack of interest—the biases and obstacles women face becoming a successful designer or developer can discourage many before they even have a chance to start.

    Second, when giving recognition to fellow members of our community, we disproportionately celebrate the achievements of white men—to an even greater extent than they make up the community as a whole! Allison House has a great blog post about the lack of diversity in the net awards. Around 33% developers are women, yet women made up barely 13% of award nominees. It's easy to see that there's a problem somewhere.

    And finally, I don't remember where I read this quote (if someone could find the source it'd be awesome). It was in a blog post; the author (a man) was wondering whether he should be writing about diversity and increasing women's representation, as someone who doesn't face the same obstacles that women do. He posed the question to a woman, who told him that men speaking out about things like this is useful because men who don't listen to women [about issues like this] often listen to men. Since oftentimes women are discriminated against for even speaking up about issues like this, it's our responsibility to use our position to advocate for them. A bunch of guys posting about women doesn't necessarily increase women's representation directly, but it sure can help a bad situation :)

    Also, you can read the comment again and substitute "women" with people of color, LBGT , etc.

    4 points
    • Allison HouseAllison House, almost 10 years ago (edited almost 10 years ago )

      Thanks for the shout out, Jake.

      He posed the question to a woman, who told him that men speaking out about things like this is useful because men who don't listen to women [about issues like this] often listen to men.

      That sounds a lot like a conversation I had with Wells, which he wrote about in "Guys, stop sexualizing women in your mockups". Women absolutely need allies, but I'd emphasize self-education, listening, and amplifying their voice (when applicable) before speaking up.

      5 points