Some thoughts about having a fully functional life in tech being a woman.
Rumor has it, once you decide to take the plunge into a graduation program, free quality time would turn into another “expression” in your vocabulary.
Now suppose that, in the meantime, you also need to manage a job in tech industry, a social life, personal aspirations and maybe a partner and kids. Sounds complex, uh? Now let’s rub salt into the wound: would it be harder for a woman to keep a balanced life in this scenario?
It is undeniable that our society still overloads women with double burden. However, in order to be fair, I will apply double standards on this subject and nurture reflections by presenting some facts:
For instance, there are institutions, like the London School of Economics and Political Science, statistically researching human behaviour and arguing about gender inequality with housework as a lifestyle designation.
“In Britain, men are shown to actually work longer hours on average than women, as many will work overtime to boost family income when the children are at home while wives switch to part-time jobs or drop out of employment altogether”.
Although I know this is the case of many women out there — and yet I am not here to judge people for their choices — I started to think: what if a woman wants to pursue a double journey, with a job in the industry and a graduation program? Would the man switch workload responsibilities with her, staying at home with a part-time job? Or this would be a conflict of interests? Moreover, who would be the strongest gender when it comes to the right of having a successful professional life?
One crucial thing to take into account is that a career in tech per se is not a piece of cake. We are talking about an aggressively dynamic field where concepts are constantly evolving.
So the core question I am allowing myself is:
Are women less likely to reconcile a fully functional life in tech?
Did my inflections make you think? Well, that’s what I strive for.