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HRM CA | 20 Aug 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Despite topping countless ‘Best Employer’ lists, many organizations in the tech industry still foster a sexist culture.
  • Patti Pokorchak | 21 Aug 2013, 07:48 AM Agree 0
    This has got to be the worst misleading headline I've read in ages!!

    Having been a female tech pioneer (since 1971), I"ve never believed in sexism and I've worked in Germany in the 80s when discrimination was rampant. It didn't stop me from rising to the top in only 3 years.

    IMHO the glass ceiling only exists when it's an excuse for not succeeding. Women can go as high up the corporate ladder as they want- maybe they don't want to go as high as running the company. It's their choice.

    As for sexism, you only need to look at auto shows to know that tech shows are pretty mild in comparison. Sex always will sell stuff, no matter what.
  • Anne-Marie Harris | 21 Aug 2013, 09:03 AM Agree 0
    Oh please - just because you had a positive experience doesn't mean sexism doesn't exist! This is the same BS as when people say racism is over in the US because they have a black president.

    Sexism is real. It affects hundreds of thousands of people who don't have the advantages and tools you had. Instead of pretending it's all a lie, try using your position to facilitate change.

    Also, just being "better than x" isn't something to aim for. That mentality gets industries and companies stuck in anti-innovation ruts.
  • Patti Pokorchak | 21 Aug 2013, 09:32 AM Agree 0
    I've had positive experiences in about 15 countries where I"ve worked. And I've also had some shocking discriminatory events happen, but that is such a small % of my work experience, that I refuse to dwell on that.

    I always felt that the advantages of being female in a male world outweighed the disadvantages. Men suffer discrimination too; we all have something to bear. I don't think anyone is immune from discrimination.

    If you continue to focus on why you can't do something, then you've lost the opportunity to do something instead. Your choice. I choose to work hard and find the good in every situation. It's there, you only have to look for it instead of looking for excuses.
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