On Techy Chicks

Women are really not biologically suited to be engineers, but then again neither are men.

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Kids, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe that there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything.

Then came Google.... but I digress.

I find that women who are engineers are often very good ones. But good engineers are rare no matter the sex. Me, I hang on by the skin of my teeth most of the time ;-) All I have is talent and not all that much of it. But some...

But out of the general population the number of people who have talent as coders is relatively small. That's not to say that coding and creating software is something that is beyond most people to try out. But to be good there has to be a certain innate talent to start with.

What I see is a push in general top move more people where the jobs are. That is of course often technical fields. I also see a push for girls and women to try tech. Which is perfectly fine, everyone should explore their talents and find where they fit.

But, I think sometimes we create the expectation that yes you can, then reality hits when you find out, no, no you can't.

Tech is a bitch, the machine doesn't care one bit who you are or what your political leanings are. It does exactly what you say, maybe not at all what you wanted but exactly what you say. It takes a certain determined mindset to beat the machine.

So I've seen this many times with both women and men who go into tech, then find its not their cup of tea. That does not mean that they are dumb, its just their aptitude may not be suited to it. I'd say we have close to 50% women. But just this year I had two interns one male one female. The male didn't have "it". He's gone she just walked in. She will make it, though I think she has other talents that might take her further than engineering.

So expect the machine to treat you very very equally, it does what it does. Look around an advanced math class, you'll see some very talented women but probably even today there will be a few more men. The roles might be reversed in some other fields.

So ladies, if you are interested in tech, give it a shot. Men too. But first you have to have an aptitude for it. The machine does not give a rats behind about your social justice theory and it never will. That is a cruel reality that bites both men and women.

So don't create an unrealistic expectation that any woman or any man can be a software engineer. Its unfair that young ladies are told they can do this, because social justice, with no thought of what her talents and aptitudes are. Same with a young man, to tell him he can do tech because of his Y chromosome. He is as likely to fail as she.

I'll let you morons argue about the various talents of the sexes on average. But good luck convincing the machines.

Posted by: Howie at 07:42 AM

Comments

1 There are differences between men and women, there are differences between the different races.
You said it right, if a person focuses on what they can do well, they will do just fine in life.

Posted by: JohnS at August 08, 2017 08:37 AM

2 Maybe........This story need more pictures.......

Posted by: KIM at August 08, 2017 11:24 PM

3 Well stated, Howie. Over 45+ years fiddling with electronics and software both as an amateur and a professional I've seen much of what you've seen. The machine, the electrons, the EM fields, the physics don't give a damn who is trying to work with them to accomplish a grand design. They just demand you get it right and abide by the rules laid in by the physics of the affair. Computers don't give a damn who wrote the lines of code. They just care what the code tells it to do. It then goes off and does it. Since much of that time was in defense jobs I can't say that male or female made any spectacular difference. In the end both sexes made it work. And that is what is important.

Somehow, "despite" being a woman, I developed at a rather young age an affinity for electronics design. I could visualize or imagine pretty accurately what a circuit would do. So for some things I was the best human around to do the job. On the other hand, there were men who ran rings around me in other areas of design. We complemented each others weaknesses and got the job done. Then I hit software because it was a more interesting (and at the time higher paying) task. Again, I figured out some things faster than the men. They figured out other things faster than me. It worked well as long as we worked together.

But, we both got it done differently.

One thing I always noticed, though, is that the women were more highly motivated to do it right the first time than the men. For the women doing it right and getting home to the family mattered. Do it wrong and you had to sit in that dreary office and solve it. {^_-} Once I got out of defense work into video work I discovered a very strong difference between at least me and almost all the men. I was quicker to adopt new UI design concepts than they were. They were quicker to follow fad languages than I was. I like to think what I designed was friendly to left brain and right brain people at the same time. The men insisted there is one way to do it and that's the end of it. Well, in the video or theatrical or venue entertainment field there are people who arrive at the same solution different ways. Some think in a cue based format. And some think in a musical based format, just to name two ways of thinking. I tried to make it easy to do it either way from the software - make it easy to "ask" the GUI what I can do from where I was and do it. (Right click is my best friend. The boss hated it until some customers decided they liked it.)

Anyway - good right up. And anybody who says women are exactly the same as men is somebody to file in your mental list of mentally deficient or woefully miseducated people. Don't trust them with anything important.

{^_^} Joanne

Posted by: JDow at August 09, 2017 04:12 AM






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