March 07, 2016

International Women's Day coming up

It's that time of the year again.

International Women's day. 

Yes, this is really still a very important day because women are STILL, in this day an age, regularly discriminated against, women STILL have to work much harder on getting heard, getting recognised, women are STILL earning less than men for the same job - on average - read Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In" if you don't trust my word for it (link from The New Yorker)

Women are still not sitting at the table under the same conditions. 

And we still have defend ourselves for doing/acting/responding the way a man does. 
Often we are treated differently by men who don't even realise that they do  - I was asked to speak at a conference once, a tech conference, and as a friend of mine said (a male friend, mind you):
You, who are such a techie, are asked to speak at a conference, and what do you get? Diversity? Why not ask you to talk about one of the tech topics that you know so well
And yes, that's exactly what it is being a woman. It is assumed that you can take the "soft topics" while the "REAL" techies take care of the tech topics, and because we women are raised to work for the team, we don't want to stick out and claim our position; We were simply not brought up that way... No matter how open your family is, you are also a response to your surroundings. 

And that is ONE of the many reasons I like this video, which a friend of mine posted a link to on Twitter.