As part of our cycle “Women in IT”, we invite you to read the conversation with an economist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Zofia Łapniewska. We have just started a series of posts about women in the IT industry. This sector is still dominated by men. Why are there so few women in professions related to technical sciences? It seems to me that above all stereotypes and prejudices operate here.Fewer women study STEM (although they achieve better results in maths as teenagers around the world, as tested by the University of Missouri researchers), yet, more and more decide to do so, thanks to campaigns such as “girls for universities of technology” consistently run for over 10 years.
As part of our cycle “Women in IT”, a conversation with two great and dynamic Product Owners: Gosia Gulgowska-Kowalska and Olga Springer. We invite you to read:) Where did your interest in the IT industry come from? Olga Springer, Head of Product, SentiOne:
Economic activity usually affects the environment and often also generates certain problems, such as environmental pollution or the use of natural resources by the company. As a result, many companies in the world have decided to incorporate strategic principles of corporate social responsibility into their programs, which may be an important element of their development.
You may have heard about Joel Spolsky’s “12 Steps for Better Software” (Spolsky, 2005, pp. 29-42). Joel Spolsky is a programmer, writer and author of the extremely popular programming blog Joel on Software. Spolsky developed a test evaluating the quality of the development team. As the author himself says, the test is “very imperfect”, but its biggest advantage is that it takes less than three minutes, and in saved time, according to Spolsky, you can safely finish the medical school.
“A programmer is sitting in front of the computer. A wife approaches him and gives him coffee. He tries and says: – You know I drink with sugar … – I know … But I wanted to hear your voice … “ There are some stereotypes associated with each professional group, but a a lot of them associated with the IT industry. What are the most popular stereotypes of programmers and how much truth is in it ? 😉
Language researchers agree that the way we say or write not only describes but also cteates reality. Stereotypes fixed by language often create the wrong harmful image of people and groups. That is why it is so important to pay attention to what and how we say. The goal of the language of equality or the so-called the inclusive language is to emphasize the presence in society of people and groups previously unnoticed or marginalized and the inclusion of their perspectives. The language norms created in this way reflect diversity within a given group and draw attention to minority groups. In short, it is a language showing respect for minorities and diversity.
Software engineers are in demand for several years already. That lead to a rapid increase in the number of companies offering courses in software development. You can even find self-help books that will tell you how to start your career in IT.
With this conversation, we open a series of posts – women in IT. We start with an outstanding IT manager with many years of experience in building and managing technological organizations in financial institutions (GE Money Bank, Meritum Bank, Alior Bank, Nest Bank) – dr Grażyna Musiatowicz-Podbiał.