Role Women in Technology

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Women have since the early days been kept away from the visible world. It was a myth that was being followed and continues to be developed in some parts of the world. But ironically it is a fact that women are found to be acting as excellent support and help in the field of information and technology.

It is a matter of worry and concern to look on to the role and opportunity for women in the field of technology.  It is evident that women have played important roles in the growth and making of many of the software too.

The last few years have seen a lot of women who have excelled in their field of proficiency in technology and have grabbed a lot of the limelight.  Going back to the pages of history, it was Ada Lovelace who was the first woman to make an algorithm that was to be approved by a computer.

This fact made her the first programmer in the world of computers. Hence, it was since the very old ages that women played vital roles in the technology and its uses. Off late in the 20th century was it accepted that they did.

Reasons behindthe Less Number of Women inthe Industry

Lack of Education:

Primitively, it was a common scene that women were kept away from the benefits of getting education and knowledge. It was more of the men who were facilitated to take the education, and school and women were entitled to be made for the household chores. This led to the lack of women in technology.

Genetic Behavior:

According to some studies and surveys, it was found that women were genetically found to be backward than the men when it came to the genetics. The task of taking decisions systematically and performing them better was more in men than women.

Approach Of The People:

The society consists of men and women. Belonging to found then male-dominated societies, the women were not paid much of importance and relevance. This made them not stand for the cause and then made them recessive to the happenings. Ironically, men showed more of their interest in the machines since the inventions, and this made it a rule for the world to follow.  Women were also suppressed in the society and then made to be backward in the time.

Lack Of Acknowledgment:

Women had skills to work as good as the men, but the society never recognized it. This made them lack confidence and keep the skills hidden.

Changes have been visible since a long time since the coming of women in the world of technology. Women have started working with equal respect and equal designation in the current world. Many companies have been owned, run and started by women too.  Today, some of the biggest companies in the world are being governed by women. They have not just revolutionized the scenario but also have made it a lot better by giving in better ideas in every step of the functioning.

Freelancing Gigs for Women in Tech

For many, gone are the days when you would get a job at 22 fresh out of college or university and then proceed to work in that company for the next 40 years. Retire, collect a pension and sail off into the sunset.

In today’s gig economy it’s much more likely that you’ll work in multiple roles and positions often having to resort to having a main job and a side gig or two to make ends meet while you establish yourself. For instance, I know many women who worked at an ad agency in their creative department working 30 to 35 hours a week and then picked up some design work on the side. I worked on a side project for a website that rated survey sites.

The work is usually flexible and you can bid on projects you actually want to work on. I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned while working on these side projects while establishing my self as a freelancer designer.

Tip #1: Build Up Hours and Credibility

When you first start you’re going to want to get on a platform like Upwork or even Craigslist. This is the easiest way to find clients. Full disclosure, most of the jobs aren’t good. Expectations are high and wages are extremely low. If you’re just starting off on one of these platforms bid low on projects and explain you’re wanting to establish yourself on that platform. As you get more reviews and clients you will gradually build up your rate.

Artists always talk about how they don’t work for free. Fair enough I’m empathetic. There is nothing worse than having someone offer you a gig and say they’ll pay you to DJ in beer or they’ll pay you for your design work with exposure. Bugger off.

I don’t suggest you give away your work but working for lower than what you might expect is a great way to start building up your portfolio, making a little scratch and getting those much needed reviews on your profile. If you’re worth your salt (you’re good at whatever it is you do) and you deliver good work you will get paid well but you have to put the work in.

Even most CEO’s had to put in their time, working menial low paying tasks. Were they more talented than sorting mail? Sure. No gives a crap, the only way to charge more is to be in demand. One great way to create demand is by getting clients.

Tip #2: Ask For More

Wait, what? You just told me to work for less than you want to. At the start, yes. As you build credibility and respect from your clients don’t be afraid to ask for a raise. Too many people wait for their clients to give them a raise, spoiler alert it rarely happens.

Tip #3: Become Diverse

Nothing allows you to charge more than being multi-talented. If you’re an adwords expert being able to pick up the ball on a clients social media is a game changer. Keep moving, keep learning.