Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tech: A Girl´s Best Friend

Article Title: Tech: A girl´s Best Friend
Author Byline: Entervista
Author Website: http://www.entervista.com/blog/2008/06/tech-a-girl´s-best-friend/

Women have been struggling for decades to achieve equal status to men when it comes to the workplace. The statistics are way too familiar. In the US, for full-time, year-round workers, women earn around 33% less than men for the same job. For women of color, the gap is even wider.

Women are also more likely to work in more precarious forms of employment with low earnings, little financial security and few or no social benefits. This results in that women also tend to own fewer assets, as a lack of control over household income constrains their ability to accumulate capital.

A lot is being done today to revert this unfortunate situation: every day, women and men, through companies, international organizations and NGOs are raising awareness about the problem and creating practical solutions to improve the conditions for women in the workplace around the world.

This does not mean that women should ignore the reality of the numbers in making career decisions today. They must be aware that, by entering the workforce, they are most likely embarking in a path of climbing uphill. There is also no reason for them to ignore that tradition, convention and circumstances, more often than not, place the responsibility for children upbringing and household chores on their shoulders.

Working is a necessity for most women. And also, many women have some room to choose what direction to take when it comes to a career or profession. The corporate ladder may be just a bit too steep for women with a life outside work that is just as demanding as during office hours.

Tech has offered many women some comfort, and keeps attracting more and more. A career in technology is intellectually challenging, often solitary, and objective-driven - traits that fit well with the flexibility that women need.

Programming, for instance, provides instant feedback about whether or not a code works. Programmers often get to implement a solution from its inception. The creativity needed for design, as well as the patience and attention to detail required, attract women that are driven and appreciate the tangibility of the achieved results.

Entrepeneurs, freelancers and commercially-oriented women find in the web a friendly platform from which they can develop their activities. Today, professional, tech-savvy women are committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance and succeed, worldwide. Social networking sites are an important tool, and its use is more and more widespread among women.

In Second Life, it is possible to create your own business, design, sell and buy all kinds of products through an avatar that may look like Marilyn Monroe or Edward Scissorhands. The only key to success is to offer something others are willing to pay for.

An added benefit of going into tech is that course fees and studies are considerably lower than the high fees associated with traditional careers such as Law or Medicine.

Every day, women find the idea of reducing the need for outside approval, fixing their own rates, managing their own time, designing and selling their own products and services more and more appealing. And in doing so, they take effective steps towards reducing gender inequality.


The Entervista Team
http://www.entervista.com/blog/2008/06/tech-a-girl´s-best-friend/

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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