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Old boys club and discrimination against women alive and well in technology, science and engineering

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Lisa Belkin writes about newly released research that shows -- sadly -- that not much has changed in the science, technology, and engineering fields in the lat 30 years in terms of discrimination (explicit or subtle) against women and few women getting promoted to top positions.

"Based on data from 2,493 workers (1,493 women and 1,000 men) polled from March 2006 through October 2007 and hundreds more interviewed in focus groups, the report paints a portrait of a macho culture where women are very much outsiders, and where those who do enter are likely to eventually leave."

If you work in science, technology, or engineering -- do you agree with the findings? Have you experienced this in your own career? 

4 comments so far...

  • I've been in technology my entire career and this is very real.

    Something that I saw in the parking lot the other morning made me realize how "boys club" execs can be here. Licence plate was "PZZZZC".

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Michele on 22nd May 2008

  • I am a 26 year old female manager at a major consumer electronics retailer and I am not at all surprised by the findings. I work in a building that is 80% male and I face challenges everyday that my male coworkers do not.

    I think one of the reasons that women leave is because they want to start a family or already have a family and cannot maintain a management position, or because female employees are treated differently than male employees (by co workers and customers) and there are rarely females at the top positions so they feel it is close to impossible to get there themselves.

    I am personally at a crossroads where I love my job and aspire to be that female at the top role model for my female employees, but I am also thinking about starting a family soon and do not see how it is possible for me to continue working 50+ hours a week, with a constantly changing schedule (sometimes 6a-4p, 11a-9p, 2p-12a, etc) and no set days off. I make more money than my husband so unless we want to sell our house and cars and rent an apartment I dont think I can make it work. I even talked to my husband about him being the stay at home dad but my maternal instincts are crying out and I want to take part in that too.

    Anyways back to the original topic at hand. I feel that now a days male management seem to be more supportive of females in leadership, but in some instances it is to show affirmative action or to look good to district managers for their own promotion.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kimmy on 22nd May 2008

  • Wow, I didn't even realize it until now -- re the Fashion section. That's worth a blog post at some point:)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 22nd May 2008

  • Um... why was this piece in the NYT's fashion section? Because it's about women?

    Maybe if it was in the Science Times or the business section, more men in the field would read it and change their behavior!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse on 22nd May 2008