“Women Are Not Developers” and Other Nonsensical Sayings

WRONG. And yet, as I venture into more software packages, I find stereotypes in even the simplest of things, like training graphics.

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The training graphic above is clean, elegant and easy to use. I’m a developer, so I should click the developer button. But why is its icon a man, while the content admin is a woman? I let it slide this time. Then, in another document, I came across a similar situation, but in a diagram. This time, the developer was male and the front-end user was female. Wow.

I understand where the stereotypes come from, but why is it still okay for them to be perpetuated when half of the developers in my office are female? Why should women only ever be portrayed as front-end users, while developers are automatically assumed to be men? Women are taking on more and more roles in the office as time progresses, and it’s about time that training manuals and big-ticket companies start reflecting that change.

Do you think the training graphic above is unfair?

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