I Don't Like Articles about Women in Technology
Subject:   Perspective?
Date:   2007-09-15 07:21:44
From:   shelleyp
Response to: Perspective?

I may be misinterpreting what Amy has had to say. All I can do is respond to the words I see.

Have you had many people 'play' the so-called discrimination card? I've been in the industry almost 23 years (yeah, almost as long as Amy has been alive) and I've not once seen anyone play any kind of discrimination card. But I have seen discrimination.

I have also seen women burn out on the field. I don't know whether Amy would consider that they've 'giving' up in some cowardly fashion, but the women I've seen who have burned out have done so because they got tired after fighting such battles for decades.

Should we, as women, accept that it is our lot in life to have to fight twice as hard to be heard? That rather than point out such inequity, we should just put in that extra effort? As I said earlier, how every comfortable for those who support the status quo.

I don't consider such 'not rocking the boat' working towards success. I call it the ultimate cop out. By giving in to the inequality, we're feeding the machine; we're keeping it going at the expense of other women, whether they are our peers or the young women entering the field, like Amy.

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    2007-09-15 14:37:59  kollivier [View]

    • Perspective?
      2007-09-15 15:54:03  Shelley Powers | O'Reilly Author [View]

      • Perspective?
        2007-09-16 09:19:34  kollivier [View]

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