Gender Discrimination in Tech's Meritocracy Argumentative Essay
Gender Discrimination in Tech's Meritocracy
A discussion on the obstacles facing women in the technology industry.
# 154181 | 1,162 words | 4 sources | 2015 |
Published on May 04, 2015 in Sociology (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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From the Paper:"Despite the progress of feminism over the last generation, women working in the tech sector still face many obstacles based on their gender. Professional women in the United States consistently earn less than men with equivalent education and experience. [Moss-Racusin and Rudman, 2010; Tharenou, 2013] In The Work of Feminists is Not Yet Done: The Gender Pay Gap - A Stubborn Anachronism, Tharenou  found that the pay gap for women "has decreased in magnitude but is still substantial" [p. 198] In technology fields, women face unique career challenges based on their gender and fail to receive raises, promotions and status that would match their male counterparts, and end up consistently earning less, even in tech's flaunted meritocracy.
"Technology companies, especially startups, proudly consider themselves a meritocracy. Some of tech's icons, like Mark Zuckerberg's proud adherence to the hoodie, are often seen as proof that technology is all about what talent can do, not on how that talent dresses for the office or plays the typical corporate game. This meritocracy requires non-traditional methods of proving success. A successful resume could include speaking engagements, an industry blog, advising or consulting roles for other companies, and other creative methods of proving one's experience and skills.
"In The Work of Feminists is Not Yet Done: The Gender Pay Gap - A Stubborn Anachronism, Tharenou  explains that "for human capital attributes such as education, skills and experience to be translated into rewards, the attributes must be recognized and appreciated by colleagues, supervisors, and potential employers" [p.202] Gender negatively affects this translation and this essential social capital for women. [Tharenou, 2013]"
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