Women in IT: 'The system is broken,' author warns

Professional engineer, entrepreneur, and author Karen Purcell discusses the challenges facing women in science and technology.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  IT Management, women in IT

Also, it's important for a company to listen to its employees' needs and offer flexibility. At my company, we try to be as flexible as possible to everyones needs, not just women. I think having a fair workplace regardless of gender is also important.

PCWorld: Finally, it's not uncommon to hear the retort that no one should get special treatment or be treated differently at all by employers or peers simply because of something like their gender; some, in fact, would argue that that's just another form of discrimination. What's your answer to such charges?

Purcell: I would agree that no one should get special treatment and that everyone should be treated equally and fairly. This would include job responsibilities, following the rules, and flexibility. It would also include equal pay. Women are typically getting paid 20% less than their male counterparts. The system is broken and it needs to be fixed.

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