Ziff Davis's Darryl Taft tells it like it is for women

How often do you hear a man talking about how tough it can be for women in the working world? Well, this Ziff Davis reporter, who happens to be African American, is really cutting through the fluff with this article. He truly listened to some of the 500 women in IT that he sat with at this conference, where one of the agenda items was to go through the responses to a survey of 700+women. Here’s a quote from a woman who’d been a merchant seaman:

“It was a really hard life. I was the only girl on the ship. I had to work twice as hard as the men… Does this sound familiar to any of you?”

Of course it did, as the applause and murmuring in the room proved.

“I need to demo something 1,000 times before I’m taken seriously.”

And here’s Darryl’s take on why he stood out:

“As a black man I’m used to being in the minority at tech events, sometimes being the only one in a room. But I’ve never really noticed. At Women in Technology, I definitely noticed, not because I felt out of place, but because there was such a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the women in the room. It was palpable…”

Hey, that’s what SWWAN is all about–facilitating camaraderie among single women for all those times when being single makes a difference.


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