So What?
Subject:   So What?
Date:   2007-09-11 02:35:06
From:   hawaiikaos
Response to: So What?

I'm 31 and female, and have been aware of the generational difference since I started working in the industry (while still in college) in 1995. In my general experience, males who are currently 40 and above usually treat women with marked difference from men - I've often felt totally invisible around them. Gen X males and younger almost always treat women with equality and respect - skills and talent trump gender/age/hierarchy. I don't know enough women in IT to make a judgment about their attitudes. Of course there are exceptions, but the divide seems rather stark. Personally, I think this has a lot to do with the women's rights movement in the 70s. Those of us born in the 70s and later (male and female) were largely not officially indoctrinated with any concept that men and women were supposed to have different roles in society. Some of that dogma lingers, but overall, the cultural shift towards equal rights for women (no matter how slow) has been quite successful IMHO.