It is absurd that it took decades before I had an opportunity to work this closely with a woman. I am now a better communicator, a better leader, happier, calmer, and a better follower. We need more women in tech.
I am rooting for this author and women in general, but you don't fight dysfunction with dysfunction. It's as if author wishes to replace "bro" culture with "me" culture. And beliefs like, "I don't care about your culture" can outright destroy a company. Perhaps I am taking that last statement it out of context. But I wouldn't hire Alan Turing if he said something like that and meant it literally.
Like it or not, culture is a top-down phenomena. Assuming the culture isn't totally broken, first learn it, then master it, then earn respect, then rise, then change it. There are no short cuts to influence regardless of gender.
BTW, why'd you choose use the word "demands" to describe this list? That's not the word I'd use.
I'm not sure it's wise to use quite so much "I want..." and "I demand.." without making it clear what's being offered in return.
The implied "But I'm a woman so obviously you want me around" probably isn't going to impress many people.
"If it’s plastered with pictures of white guys in flannel with beards, that’s a red flag. If the exec team is all white men who look like they could be my father that’s another one."
Granted, flannel shirted beardo's set off red flags for me too.
1 white 1 black 1 indian 1 asian 1 hispanic, with a mix of ages and gender.
That was a cringy read.
What does imposter syndrome and hating amazing culture have to do with being a women?
I think they have confused 'me' culture with feminism.
For years now, I've been reading about how people in IT are expecting more than just a salary out of the companies they choose to work for ... why is it arrogant when a woman does it?
So does everyone else on the planet.
>why is it arrogant when a woman does it?
It's not arrogant when "a woman does it". I'm failing to understand what any of it has to do with being a woman.
It's an abuse of HN to use the site primarily for ideological battle.
What about the people that don't want that help? I sure don't. My own psychological issues and state are my business.
Will the author inform their manager specifically about this line item or will she hope they can read her mind (or wave around that blog article before they hire her?)
Note that the end of the paragraph containing those two sentences is this: When you’re a small team and those are the cards you’re dealt, it’s harder to get around that. But you can always put a statement on this page explaining the fact you want to diversify your team and why. Another trick I’ve seen is having a clearly female silhouette saying “This could be you!”.
i.e., if you want to attract people that aren't white men, you need to show that you want to attract people that aren't white men, rather than showing signals that you are a bunch of white men looking for more white men.
It's a company though, I don't see how diversity is important. The goal is to make money and they should hire the best people that apply, unrelated to the color of their skin.
I work for a company which is very diverse and I like it, I just don't see how it matters as a company goal (assuming that having "only white men" works for them currently).
Sure, lots of people don't. And that's why they do the kind of things that the author talks about that signal "we're all like this here and we're looking for people just like us".
But, when you do that, you should be aware that that is exactly what you are signalling.
And that's OK, because these people are toxic.
say there's five companies attracting just men, and there's one company attracting both men and women, all six are competing for the men, but only one gets the best women
The second company might however have a really hard time hiring if it's limiting itself to a small subset of the hiring pool.
Maybe the most qualified people were all white men. Maybe hiring a woman or minority simply for the sake of having a woman or minority is just racist or sexist.
If a company was showing off that their engineers quit within their first week, would you consider that a justification against taking a job there?
There's information provided in promotional material lacking in women: the company isn't good at attracting and keeping women. If you're a woman then, it's reasonable to think that this might not be the right job.