Stop giving affirmative action to women in Silicon Valley
Today I read the one millionth story on why we need to get more women to work in technology.
Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.
Good news if you're a woman! But if you're a man, Facebook and LinkedIn will treat you like a second class applicant, kind of like an Asian trying to get into Berkeley.
In an exclusive joint interview with The Associated Press, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and LinkedIn CEO Jeffrey Weiner said they're launching mentoring and support programs at colleges to get more women involved in studying technology
Are girls so fragile that they need to be mentored and "supported," whatever that means? One must wonder if girls think, "I like technology, but it is soooo scary! I need a big girl to hold my hand and give me a shoulder I can cry on!" Frankly, I think such a program is insulting to women.
Fifteen percent of Facebook Inc.'s employees working in tech jobs and 31 percent of all employees are women, according to diversity figures the company released last year. At LinkedIn Corp., women comprise 17 percent of its tech employees and 39 percent of employees overall
So what? These companies aren't alleged to have discriminated against women. I think the answer is obvious. Most women are not interested in going into computer science. It's not because they don't have a shoulder to cry on.
The percentage of people enrolled in undergraduate computer science programs who are women peaked at 35 percent in 1985 and is now down to about 17 percent.
If women aren't interested in being computer programmers, why should we care? Do we ever worry that enough men aren't becoming nurses or yoga instructors?
Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, which is a partner in the initiative, said diversity brings greater innovation in technology.
So the Borg Institute claims it wants to assimilate diversity into technology. But what is the woman's point of view on computer programming? What is the woman's point of view on using Facebook, or LinkedIn? In school, do we have men's math and women's math, men's physics and women's physics? No.
Do people have different points of view? Yes. But for things unrelated to gender, why do we assume that people will have different points of view just because they are women? It's stereotyping, and it's ridiculous.