The other day, I ran across this really interesting post (that you can read by clicking on this link) about women in technology careers and how they dress, and how there isn’t a single uniform for women in tech fields the way there sometimes seems to be for men in those same fields. This post addresses the issue of the representation of women in tech on TV and what’s wrong with it, and it gives some very real examples to illustrate its points.
(And for what it’s worth, my husband is a software developer and does not wear hoodies or sneakers to work. Neither, from what I’ve seen, do the people on his team.)
It also touches on the ugly topic of the way women are often treated in geek culture, as if they couldn’t possibly be real geeks if they’re attractive or have varied interests or aren’t completely obsessed in fandom but are just really enthusiastic and motivated by the subject they’re geeky about. (This is a difficult subject, of course, and it just might be one that’s touched a nerve or two in conversations I’ve had with less enlightened guys on the subject of my “commitment to comics” and other similar nonsense.)
I’m genuinely interested in what you think. Discuss! 🙂