From the first day I opened my laptop, I was captivated by how beautiful the hardware looked.
Every detail — the buttons, the touchpad, the display — was so clean, so well-implemented.
Then, as I looked through the company’s various “design guidelines” I realized I wasn’t the only woman at the company who thought that way.
In 2017, tech companies are slowly but surely changing their gender-segregated workplaces, with many companies now requiring that all employees work from home and that all work must be completed in a single workspace.
But despite the advances, a lot of women still feel like their careers are being ignored.
We spoke with tech workers from all over the world about how they feel about their gender in tech.
Some are still unsure what it means to be female in the tech industry.
How are women being treated?
Some women still don’t understand the concept of gender equality.
One woman told us that she was constantly told by her boss to work from a desk, and to be the boss’s “first lady.”
Another woman said that the company she worked for at her previous job, which was predominantly male, did not allow women to work at all, which she described as “unfair.”
Another tech worker told us, “It feels like I’m the only one who gets paid to do my job.
I have no power.”
In 2017 alone, more than 20 companies in the U.S. announced that all male employees would be required to work in a separate workspace from the women in their workforce.
And even though tech companies have started to enforce this policy, some companies still do not allow men to work remotely from home, including Google, Amazon, and Facebook.
Is it time for more female-friendly workplaces?
It seems that the tech companies we spoke with were already making strides towards equal treatment for women in the workplace.
Some companies have even begun allowing men to bring their children into the office.
But for many women in tech, it is still not enough.
One tech worker said, “I’m not sure how I feel about being a woman, but it is a part of the job description.
That is the reality for many female employees.
It feels like we’re just told to get our work done in the office and not let people in.
We are told to do this on our own.
There is a lot that we don’t have control over.”
One woman in our group said that she is still struggling with the notion that women should have equal rights.
She said that it’s not just about pay.
Women make up just a fraction of tech employees, and it’s often hard for them to find jobs that are just right for them.
Some of our tech workers said that there is a sense of entitlement that women are not given in the industry.
A few women also pointed out that there are so many different ways to express yourself, and that being a female in tech can be a double-edged sword.
Some tech workers, like the one we spoke to in California, said that they have to deal with sexist comments and comments that are really not related to the gender of the person making them.
One of the women we spoke the to, for example, was told that her job was too “male-dominated” for her.
A woman who works for a company called Cloudflare said that sexism can be rampant at the same time that there’s so much more open and inclusive work environment.
Cloudflarer is an internet service provider for websites, and they have a policy in place that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender.
The policy states that if a company chooses to hire a person based on gender, then it will be required by the company to give them a second chance to prove themselves.
It’s a process that takes months.
The company is currently working with its employee board to implement the policy, but they said that some of the current gender-based discrimination is not a result of the policy.
For example, one employee said that a man asked her to move to a different company, and the next day she was told to go back to her previous company, but the man didn’t even know the difference.
This employee said, “[The] situation I’m in right now is a huge wake up call for me.
I’m a woman.
I just feel like this has never been an issue for me before.
And it’s an issue that has happened to me before, when I was a young person and I was at university.”
A second tech worker who worked at a tech company told us she feels “disappointed” that the policy has not been implemented more widely.
“I feel like we are just not being heard.
The discrimination is so ingrained.
I feel like the company doesn’t care about women, because they don’t care enough,” she said.
One worker from an outside tech company who spoke to us said that companies like Google have always had a problem