Why shouldn't she get a shot?
November 11, 2010 5:58 PM Subscribe
How can I articulate and justify my desire to hire female engineers? Is it even legal to act on such a preference?
posted by Netzapper to Work & Money (59 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm employee #1 (of two) at a small startup. We're getting close to launch. Assuming we don't go bust, we'll be hiring more technical staff in the not-too-distant future. Specifically, we'll probably be hiring a sysadmin and/or a DBA. Down the road, testing staff and more hackers.
I think young women get a raw deal in software, having to work their way up in ways young men rarely have to. They're discriminated against on a constant basis, and it pisses me off. I'd like to do some small part to change that. Specifically, I'd like to hire a female college graduate for at least one of these positions.
But, what arguments can I use to convince the other guys at my company that there's a reason to prefer women to men in the next round of hiring? When I mentioned it casually, I got a sort of, "Ha ha, you're just tired of the sausage fest" response. I don't currently have any argument beyond "women are treated unfairly across the industry, so let's change that here at least". How can I more forcefully defend my position?
And, is it even legitimate or legal to adopt such a policy? Am I off into discriminatory territory if I deliberately give women preferential status? I'm not looking to hire an unqualified woman. But, given two equally strong candidates, I'd like to prefer the woman.