Women in the Workplace: Learning to Unlearn

Jan 05 •

We spend a lot of time at Iterators LLC working to affect changes when it comes to the causes that are important to us. Often that has to do with neurodiversity and hiring practices, a movement which is near and dear to our hearts.

Today we take the time to turn our focus to another faction of society whose status is still in need of major improvement: and that is women.

Gender inequality in the workplace is a problem that has received more and more attention as time goes on, and yet the fundamental problems seem to be so deeply rooted in society that we have yet to see true equality.

There’s work to be done.

As a female founder, I have seen firsthand the problems we still face as women, especially in the tech field. There are inherent biases when it comes to gender just as there are with neurodiversities.

The difference is, when we talk about people on the spectrum, we are educating others to look past behavioural differences to access the successful worker within. When we are talking about women, it’s more complicated. Rather than looking past a trait, we need people to look within themselves at the biases that have been ingrained since birth about men versus women.

A tall but necessary order.

It almost seems simpler to inform someone in a hiring position that if they come across a candidate who may not make much eye contact or displays tics, to give them a chance to work and then judge them on simply their ability. That scenario can feel more clear cut than the multitude of glass ceilings and subtle (and not so subtle) discrimination that would need to be addressed regarding an entire half of the population.

The good news? Many women in leadership positions in their companies are now hiring other female-run and female-staffed businesses because they are fully aware of the value that they bring to the table. Check out this brief and informative wealth of suggestions to help people Hire More Women In Tech.

Keep talking.

There is no easy solution, that much we know. But we bring this up to increase the conversations happening on the topic. The more we talk about it, the more voices are heard, the more minds are opened, and the more answers we’re able to discover.

About the Author

Jill Willcox has worked on accessibility issues for most of her professional career. Iterators is an inclusive women-owned small business (WOSB) certified by the Small Business Administration and WBENC. We provide software testing services for websites, mobile apps, enterprise software, and PDF remediation services, rendering PDFs ADA compliant.

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