women at senior levels in technology to move more towards a communications or managerial positions citing that they are good at communicating and team building. Even that system is changing slowly. This is now more an option if they are done with writing codes rather than a systemic push according to Rajagopal of Stanton Chase.
“Pay is much better in technology, especially in India. And maths and science are elite subjects and are the favourite subjects of middle classes, helping it attain a better status in India than in the west. This has made it possible for the women to enter the field in large numbers,” said Jagruti S. Bhikha, director, Grace Hopper Celebration, India, an event that promotes increased women participation of women.
Participation in conferences, seeing more women, interacting with more women, raise the confidence levels helping more women to come forward. “I am sure all them will gain immensely from the exposure at conferences like this will generate for women,” said Chitra Rajan, a finalist at the Grace Hopper Conference Women Entrpreneur Quest event.
“Role models is what women need. We also need keep people who are there only then they will grow big enough to be role models,” said Rebecca Parsons, chief technology officer, ThoughtWorks. “Kids decide about the choices mostly when they are in early teens. If you go on telling them that they are not good in maths or science they will be discouraged to choose those fields,” added Parsons. “More than any other field, IT is more accepting. If you get a foot in and accepted by peers that gives that larger sort of impetus., It always helps that ,” added Mohan of Yahoo.
Internally at companies, the effort is on building the required support system such as a day care facility, flexible work hours and counseling services to our women employees who want to pursue their career despite the challenges in their personal lives. And more importantly as the moral values change men are more and more taking equal responsibilities in terms of household chores and taking care of kids.
For instance, the crèche facility at