Yes, Gender Inequality Still Exists In The Tech Industry
Some people, both from the general public and social critics, seem to deny the idea that gender inequality exists in the workforce, specifically in occupations that pertain to technology. They either deny this concept, or claim that this issue has been completely eradicated due to the progressive initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality that various corporations like Apple and Facebook launched in recent years. However, this is simply not the case. The diagram above, as well as many other statistical findings, suggest that female discrimination in tech related jobs is an issue that is alive and rampant. There has been plenty of discussion over the last few decades about how difficult it is for a given woman to be hired for any type of job in comparison to a given man. This is confirmed in the tweet below:
Even more has been revealed about the pay gap between men and women who have the same occupational responsibilities. What seems to go overlooked, however, is the often subtle discrimination that women face in the workplace even when they are hired. Especially in technological corporations that rely on a constant wave of innovative ideas, female contributions are quickly swept under the rug in favor of contributions made by men.
It is important to consider how the Internet has affected this issue. This conversation has both benefited and suffered because of the services that the Internet provides. From an optimistic perspective, the Internet has revealed the inequality and corruption within tech firms and exposed the industry, which ultimately hurt those companies as the public was made aware of this issue. On the other hand, various news outlets have been able to filter social media platforms in an attempt to deliver news that denies the issue of gender inequality and justifies the hiring process and environment of tech giants. Overall, the Internet is advantageous in exposing the truth about this issue, unless that truth is hidden and distorted by people and organizations that abuse the Internet to satisfy their economic and political interests.