11 May 2019

Toxic tech? 'A Job For The Boys'

From The Podcast Hour, 12:40 pm on 11 May 2019
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash Photo: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

How did the tech sector get so blokey?!

Back in the industry's early days, about 80 percent of all computer programmers were women, but then things started to change. Fast forward to today, and less than 20 percent of those employed in the tech industry are female, people are protesting about sexism and toxic work cultures ,and there's a widely acknowledged lack of opportunities for women.

So why has all this happened? What are some of the consequences of having so few women in the sector? And what's being done to change things? These are some of the questions Mary Ann Sieghart tries to answer in 'A Job For The Boys', a BBC Radio 4 documentary produced by Sarah Bowen.

Mary Ann Sieghart (supplied)

Mary Ann Sieghart (supplied) Photo: Supplied/BBC