You guys know what really sucks about the fact that Amazon’s workforce is 75% male? Hint: It’s not that it’s indicative of the fact that we discourage little girls from getting into careers in STEM. It’s also not that it’s symptomatic of a larger culture of dude-ness in tech. It’s not even that that means that women are still generally employed in field that pay less and are largely left out in the cold during times of “tech booms.”
It’s that it makes it so hard for all those men to date :((((((( according to this sad dude who finally has a reason to be sad about tech’s blindness to women.
GeekWire’s Tood Bishop highlights one Blue Tag’s woes:
Amazon’s workforce is 75 percent male,according to Payscale.com. That’s consistent with the gender ratio at Microsoft and other tech companies, as well. The difference is that Amazon has been expanding rapidly in Seattle, now employing nearly 25,000 people in the city, up from 5,000 in 2010, by Reifman’s estimates.
By the end of 2014, Reifman projects, there will be 134 single men in Seattle for every 100 single women — up from a ratio of 119 single men to 100 single women in April 2010.
Which of course makes it hard for Reifman to net a lady because ladies because the field is too deep. Reifman writes:
Over the past two years, I’ve personally found dating in Seattle has become increasingly difficult. It’s less common to meet single women in person and online dating is more difficult. It’s not that I can’t get dates but it’s harder to find women that are a good match for me. Online, it’s been harder to catch women’s attention, harder to get them to schedule a date and they cancel dates more frequently. When we do meet in person, it’s been harder to capture their interest and nearly impossible to find one interested in a relationship. The women here seem more distracted than ever before and at times, I’ve felt like a number to them. Turns out, the statistics back up my qualitative experience.
..Or like, maybe that’s just dating and dating is hard and it sucks. Or maybe that’s what it looks like when women finally are empowered to have a say in the matter and actually be selective?
Interestingly, Seattle has had this problem before. The solution, though, wasn’t for tech companies to hire more women (which real business people and not just shrieking harpies like us think is a good idea). It was to haul them in on a boat: