Bala Menon's Blog

consumer internet product and serial start-up guy who enjoys getting amazing products out to the hands of millions of people across the world. I hope to take out business sectors built on aged models through amazing products that challenge their existence and bring to life new ways of doing things.
Um not sure what the purpose of such scoops are. Are they perhaps looking for volunteers? :P

Um not sure what the purpose of such scoops are. Are they perhaps looking for volunteers? :P

Bought all the newspapers available haha. Trying to figure out patterns in reporting (plus good features). #morningreads

Bought all the newspapers available haha. Trying to figure out patterns in reporting (plus good features). #morningreads

The sky’s blue as ever and this, right here takes my breath away :)

The sky’s blue as ever and this, right here takes my breath away :)

The gender inequality problem in the tech industry

These days I hear a lot spoken about the lack of women in technology. I reckon it is a fair assessment of the situation but here’s where I disagree about the position many people are taking - it presupposes the fact that an entire gender needs to fit in.

No doubt, there are prevalent problems of gender-led nepotism and lack of enough support, but I strongly disagree on the position that all these women’s rights crusaders are taking. I don’t think it is a challenge we can win by forcing people to think that women deserve to be somewhere. Rather, to presuppose a weakness is the worst thing ever.

This is sort of like reservations for women for seats in public transport. I think if gender EQUALITY must prevail, we must lay the ground for it. If equal pay must happen, we can’t go around promulgating the idea of greater pay for women - rather it has to be one of equality.

I’d love to see everyone talking about equality in gender choice in technology and equitable rewards there. Recent campaigns around this issue have all led to further polarisation. Peer groups must exist but creation of a cartel-like environment where the men are all grouped together in a stereotype that’s popularised and women in another is very wrong. It is so wrong, it polarises people based on gender. And, any polarisation creates polar opposites.

To quote from a book I read, “hippies create police and police creates hippies.” I love and respect women and I dream of a world where we never have to talk about favouring any one gender in any area of work we engage in as humans.

Let’s all speak more about equality more than inclusion. Because, the more you polarise, the more you aggravate the very thing you’re working towards. Imagine how when we were kids and teachers in schools tried to put the boys and girls in separate groups? That’s the kind of behaviour I’m against and that’s exactly what’s happening.

Let’s not do that. There have been many a women who have given their lives in the past to bring women up to be equals in our society. Let’s not piss all over their work.

My $0.02.