In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.
The world is now more sensitive to issues of gender equality than ever before. I have read alot of articles about granting overt recognition and applaud to women in tech especially the ones who code.
However in my own opinion i don’t think it is really necessary to grant overt recognition and applaud to women in tech eventhough there are hundreds of other reasons which when taken into consideration, can give people the strong impression that “Women in Tech” deserve accolades and conscious recognition for getting into and staying in a profession where females are typically considered to be an anomaly.
Giving special attention to women in tech can simply come across as Exceptionalism. According to the Geek Feminism Wiki:
Exceptionalism is when women in geek communities become extremely well known not for their geeky work but for being a woman, or when a woman’s arrival in a geek community is heralded with a great deal of excitement focused on her being a woman.
I will love to see more women in technology, but how the women in the tech space are enriching the ecosystem is what we should focus more of attention on and not just giving bunch of accolades for the mere fact that they are women in technology. we should always resist the temptation.
The word feminism has become synonymous with man-hating when in fact it has more to do with women than men
My view on this topic is not about “man-hating” , am only trying to avoid the highly probable event that the wider community(Ghana and beyond) begins to lay excessive emphasis on the “female-ness” of the individuals rather than how exceptional their contributions to the “geek” community actually are from a gender-neutral perspective. Another Geek Feminism Wiki goes as far as saying:
…excessive emphasis on and attention paid to the female-ness of an individual woman by the wider community can make her feel isolated, and, paradoxically, invisible in the sense of not being able to do any work, no matter how exceptional, that is more important to the community than her being a woman.
I believe that at this Junction (J), you now understand my point of view. I am not saying women in tech should not be given attention or applaud, Focusing a great deal of attention on Women in Tech could yield a huge number of benefits, including helping to identify typically hard-to-find role models for other women trying to navigate the same testosterone-driven waters of the IT profession.
All am saying is that Women in Tech should only be applaud for their exceptional contribution to the tech community and that overt recognition should not be the target for a woman to come into the tech space.
Over To You
At this Junction (J) Time (T) , i will be resting my fingers and passover the keyboard to you. This article is one of an open discussion, you are free to add your view by making use of the comment form below.