If you have linked to one of my posts via social media before you probably will have seen the #WomenInTech that I put on my posts. This is because there are huge women in tech communities of Twitter. A place where like minded women come together from different countries and companies, to share their stories and virtually meet their peers. This isn’t common, there is also #WomenInSTEM, #WomenInBusiness, #WomenInConstruction…
But earlier I was on Twitter and I saw this account really laying into the #WomenInTech community for excluding men, just from an original tweet consisting of “I’m so proud of my fellow #WomenInTech”. I don’t often comment on things like this, and I didn’t this time as hundreds of others (not just women) were trying to defend the hashtag community and this man was simply just trolling.
If you’ve read my posts before I discuss more about how everyone should be treated equally. My posts and certainly none of my #WomenInTech peers that I associate with think that women are better than men.
If you google ‘Feminism’ this is the definition: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
It is infuriating to me though that this type of community has to deal with such comments, I wonder if their Mum’s never told them that “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.
In the UK, women in the tech industry take up 18%. Some companies may have more, some may have less but that is the percentage of the industry. Twitter is a big place, it has some very strong minded people and some very impressionable. It only takes one person to look at those trolled tweets and to turn them away from pursuing a career in tech because of the hassle it can cause you by strangers online. Just why? What’s the point?
So the next time you see somebody use #WomenInTech, this isn’t an insult or exclusion from anybody, just a connection to an online community.
We all just want to be treated like equals.