After talking to a couple of rather excellent people last week, I felt like making this issue about gender.
Originally, I didn’t think I was well-placed to talk about it. I’m a man after-all, but where everything is designed, is everything designed for everyone? Look at the design of your company - are there more men than women? Why is that? Who is leading the business?
“Companies Do Better With Women Leaders”
When pushed to ask why this was, women interviewed said that “we must perform twice as well to be thought half as good.”
But it’s not just in the structure of businesses. In the user experience of many online products - interactions that deal with gender just don’t line up with modern thinking. Users are asked their gender when on-boarding with new services and app. Why? Usually so that they can be targeted with marketing or used in data analytics. Just because we can ask, doesn’t mean that we should, but when we do, let’s challenge the status-quo. Maybe it is best not to ask at all
The best teams I’ve worked in are diverse. They come from different countries, different backgrounds, are a range of different ages and, of course, have both male and female members. But we have a diversity problem in tech - let’s try and fix that!
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