Be Successful: “Act Like a Man” and other irritating stereotypes

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard women say, “We have to teach other women that it’s okay to take a man’s role,” or, “It’s okay to be loud and assertive like a man,” or even, “Don’t be afraid to act like a man at your job!” I think that’s stupid.┬áMen are typically seen as the more dominant forces in the tech industry because, until recently, there were ONLY men in the tech industry! That’s the only reason why most assertive higher ups are men. Women have simply not been around long enough to be consistently seen as … Continue reading Be Successful: “Act Like a Man” and other irritating stereotypes

“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.   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 … Continue reading “Women Are Not Developers” and Other Nonsensical Sayings