Re: Not just IT
Exactly. It depends on the role not the industry. There are a ton of women in the music industry for example. But none are sound engineers at a high level. In my ten years or more in the industry, I haven't met one in woman in a professional sound engineering context. Managers, musicians, songwriters, stage managers. Yes. TONS. But none in a senior engineering role.
Music tech colleges generally have an 80:20 split between guys and girls on entry. Almost invariably, they end up focusing on the other areas I outlined - less on the tech.
My own thinking is that there needs to be a fundamental change at school level.
We need to somehow stop the situation where girls willingly accept help from boys to solve tech problems for them.
Teaching sound engineering, and having studied IT in college, I've witnessed countless situations where the girls never learnt how to problem solve tech for themselves. You'd never see a guy allowing another guy to do everything for them. And absolutely never a girl help a guy. This showed itself right from day 1.
Yet, it was far more democratic when it was book learning, as opposed to practical. They'd form balanced study groups and all help eachother.
So, I'm not sure whether it's the case of:
A/ the guys being overly enthusiastic "knights in shining armour", or
B/ guys subconsciously don't believe that girls are fundamentally capable of solving these sort of practical logic problems or
C/ if it's the case of girls finding it easier to get through life playing the "damsel in distress" card, or
D/ the girls have been conditioned to believe they can't figure out this kind of thing.
E/ another reason?
Either way, I found it so frustrating to witness intelligent girls simply not learning because of this.
I'd be very interested to hear a female perspective on this!