“Daddy, do any girls work with you,” — Chloe, age 5 on the eve of Take Your Children to Work day (see earlier blog post)
Of team with whom I currently work?
Installation technicians – all male.
Service technicians – all male
Project engineers – all male.
Design engineers and sales engineers – all male.
Programmers – all male.
Project specialists (testing and verification technicians) – all male.
CAD technician – female.
That’s right. Of the twenty-some people in various technical positions in our local office, there is exactly one female in a technical role.
Of those, exactly one was a woman.
The second problem is one for the industry; we rob ourselves of half the potential talent available by closing the door to half the population. This is a truism for all industries; greater diversity of candidates breeds greater diversity of viewpoints and, in the long term, better results.