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Why are men overrepresented in tech? Show more Show less
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Tech and software development are industries where men are heavily favoured. Is this because men are naturally driven towards these roles, or because women are turned against them?

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Social structures, networks, and a boys club generally attitude keeps women out of tech and software development.
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Society encourages men to dominate workplaces

From a very young age, society teaches men to pursue leading roles for dominancy and high reward, to outperform women in all fields of work, especially STEM-related.

The Argument

At a university level, men make up 82% of students to pursue a computer science degree, whereas women only make up 17% of it. This inequality in technology education is a consequence of "pinkification" for girls at a young age. Jobs, clothes, and toys are marketed towards a gender rather than interest. In particular, society discourages women from working and working in technology fields. The underrepresentation of women in tech-related jobs is because men, at a very young, are exposed to opportunities and teaching codes that support their journey towards not only technical fields but in STEM. [1] Women are 45% likely to leave a STEM-related job with a year than men. [2] In many cultures, women are expected to start a family and take care of their children, and the husbands are encouraged to be the breadwinners. Such societal pressures discourage women from pursuing STEM-related jobs, which require years of education. More men occupy technical fields because society allows them to pursue their goals and succeed, for which they are rewarded with high salaries.[3]

Counter arguments

Society is not the reason men dominate workplaces. Rather, the innate intellectual and biological differences between men and women cause the two genders to occupy different spheres: home and the workplace. Men dominate senior positions and leadership roles in the technical field because men are more assertive and dominant. Women tend to be nurturing, communal, and cooperative, making them less suitable for leaderlike roles. [4] Furthermore, according to research using the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, men's IQ is slightly higher than women's. [5] It is not because of society that men outnumbered women in the technical field but because of the biological and intellectual differences between them. The workplace favors masculine nature, which is more intelligent, assertive, and dominant.

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  1. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10664-019-09685-x
  2. https://www.nextgeneration.ie/blog/2018/08/why-arent-there-more-women-in-tech
  3. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-45002-1_30
  4. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180809144524.htm
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_differences_in_intelligence#:~:text=In%20favor%20of%20males%20or%20females%20in%20g%20factor,-Further%20information%3A%20Richard&text=In%20the%20United%20States%20and,greater%20advantage%20for%20adult%20females.
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