We hear about sexism in the tech industry frequently, and many readers of this blog no doubt experience such on a daily basis. The most recent prominent entries in the ongoing saga of poor and demoralizing behavior aimed at women in the technology industry? Squoot and Geeklist. If you’re not familiar with either of these incidents, you can check out Read Write Web’s synopsis of Squoot’s offer of women serving beer as a perk of attending their hackathon.
Last month saw the 50th anniversary celebration of the first American to orbit the Earth and Project Mercury in general. The Associated Press article by Marcia Dunn noted that the veterans of the Mercury program included women who were involved as mathematicians and computer programmers.
Salary negotiation is a hot topic right now. This article in the New York Times has some good reminders for women specifically about negotiating for a fair salary, and describes some of the pitfalls women fall into. One of my go-to financial blogs Get Rich Slowly has numerous posts about the importance of salary negotiation. One important point these writers make is that it is always a good idea to negotiate. Regardless of what the employer offers, ask for more, and be willing to work for what you think you’re worth.