Apr 21 2013, 3:08am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Various representatives of Facebook attended the She++ Conference where many issues were discussed. The Chief Technology Officer and Director of Engineering spoke of how Facebook was the most visible firm at the conference. The words they spoke showed that Facebook had a head-hunting strategy according to which the giant networking site really went for those people it values in its engineering staff. Whether they be men or women didn’t matter.
According to TechCrunch , the “greatest asset” that Facebook has right now is its engineers. The fact that females form a large portion of the undergraduates but a small proportion of the CS Majors is problematic. This is how the cookie crumbles and Facebook wants the whole bag. The statistics don’t lie although the statistics may be bent a little to satisfy public opinion. The more you look at it the more it seems that this is an industry problem.
The fact is that though many took CS Majors Classes they then went on to do other things. Very few took the route to computer science or engineering which is sad. This was a waste of talent and ability. Facebook has always wanted to be an equal opportunity employer. So it has taken in its more than necessary share of female engineers. In other categories too, Facebook has taken a disproportionate amount of people in its work staff. This is cause for celebration.
According to Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering at Facebook, it’s not that women aren’t there for the job. They do exist. But the career pool is where they are in a fewer quantity as compared to the males. A lot of effort is put into finding and recruiting women who are fit for the job. The talent is definitely out there but so much of it slips through the net of awareness.
A new program by the name of Facebook University is about to ensue. This venture will pinpoint the freshmen (a majority of which are females) and teach them a number of technical procedures related with computer science and engineering such as coding. Hopes are high that the female engineers will thus rise to the top and make it in a so-called man’s world. All we can say for now is that the sisters are gaining ground on their male counterparts. Feminism is a very real and important filter through which to see the world. And half the human race is not a small number.
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