Do We Need a Title IX for IT Workers?
I’ve raised the question about using Title IX to force greater gender diversity in CS classes. This is a bolder position — that we should use Title IX to change hiring practices. Certainly, there is evidence of a lack of gender diversity in the computing industry.
Bridging the gender gap in IT might require a bold act on the part of policymakers, something along the lines of Title IX, the landmark civil rights law barring gender discrimination in education.
So mused Lisa Schlosser, deputy associate administrator of e-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget Office, who spoke on a panel discussion Thursday at the annual FOSE government IT conference.
“Is there a Title IX for technology that we need to think about? Title IX was very transformational for women. You know, it’s kind of how I got the opportunity,” Schlosser said. “I’d just challenge us all to think, is there something bold … is there something like that that we really need to promote so that we can get more folks into technology early?”