#Nextchat: Women in HR Technology #HRTechConf

Oct 9, 2017 8:45:31 AM / by Mary Kaylor

Not too long ago, women who worked in the technology industry or in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers would tell you that they were often the only female in the room.

Times are changing, though, and while more women are choosing to pursue STEM careers, they continue to face challenges as they pursue promotions in these high-growth fields.

The formal and sometimes hidden organizational practices and attitudes that exist in these industries tend to reinforce some of the roadblocks that limit women’s advancement. Compounding the problem are customers, such as an example cited in SHRM Connect, who requested "to have his account transferred to a male because he doesn't like working with women."

And so the debate continues as to why the struggle still exists.

In August, Google engineer James Damore fanned the flames of this debate when he posted a 10-page memo claiming that women may be unsuited for tech jobs.

Was he right?

Read more.

Topics: HR, hr tech, Women in HR Technology, Women in Technology, HR Tech Conference

Mary Kaylor

Written by Mary Kaylor

Mary Kaylor is the Public Affairs Lead for the Society for Human Resource Management. She is the Managing Editor of the SHRM Blog and the creator and producer of #Nextchat, a leading global Twitter chat on the HR trends and all things work. Her career in communications spans from technology and workforce management in the telecommunications industry to external affairs and public relations. An HR Technology conference blogger since 2015, you can find her on Twitter at @SHRMKaylor.

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