Read of the Day: Tech Companies That Only Hire Men
6:30 pm, April 29th | by Colette McIntyre
The paucity of women in STEM fields is well-documented. Everything from innate characteristics of the female brain to middle school gender biases have been given as reasons for the underrepresentation of ladies in science, technology, engineering, and math jobs; a Tumblr called “Tech Companies That Only Hire Men” has another: the STEM job ads themselves.
The Tumblr shares STEM job postings that (hopefully) inadvertently slip in male pronouns when referring to the desired employee. “He”s, “Him”s, and “His”s abound, reminding female prospective candidates that they are defying gender expectations just by applying to a position in a “male” field.
Take for example the posting for a Sustaining Engineer position at Turtle Beach. Everything starts off hunky dory, no predilections in sight:
Turtle Beach is recruiting for a Sustaining Engineer who would be responsible for ongoing engineering for product improvement.
Compensation: Competitive Base Salary, Benefits
Required Sill Sets and Experience:
A past focus in audio, an independent thinker is a must, as well as anyone with background or an experience in QA.
This individual is responsible for ongoing engineering for product improvement and working with customer support to understand failures or design modifications required with our products, and make corrections accordingly.
Then we get to the problematic final paragraph:
For firmware or software improvements, the individual will work with the appropriate engineer to get a version of software and organize testing on his functional change. His focus will be on hardware, not so much software.
His functional change; His focus. Can you blame women for believing that STEM jobs aren’t for them?