The tech industry is big in Portland, but according to a Willamette Week story, women are missing out on tech sector jobs. There are many possible reasons for this ranging from a lack of interest in computer science among college-aged women to a desire for more of a work-life balance than the typical startup job has to offer. The so-called “brogrammer” mentality at some companies has also been cited as a factor (think office kegerators and frequent foosball breaks).
Whatever the reasons, the numbers are stark. So, how does this gender imbalance affect the industry?
Do you work in the tech industry? Have you noticed gender disparity at your company? What about industry events, such as conferences? How does that affect you?
- Ruth Brown: Web and project editor at Willamette Week
- Selena Deckelmann: COO and founder of Prime Radiant
- Robert Wagner: Chief technical officer and partner at Housekeeping and former owner & president of Cascadia.fm
- Terri Fiez: Professor and head of Oregon State University’s School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science