May 6, 2024

What about gender parity?

What about gender parity?

Letโ€™s state a fact that everyone knows: ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต.

What about Stockly:
32% of Stocklers are women. Itโ€™s even less in tech teams ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

How to progress towards gender parity, then? Itโ€™s a complex topic but let me share my humble vision about it.

First of all letโ€™s be clear on something:

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ท๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—น๐˜†. So it is certain that in a recruitment process for a given position, if a candidate-A performs better than a candidate-B, candidate-A should be chosen over candidate-B. Regardless of their gender. If a man performs better than a woman, the man should be selected. ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป.

Unfortunately, we are not responsible on the fact that there is less women developers than men developers available in the worldโ€ฆ

We are not either responsible for the recruitment in engineering schools and it wonโ€™t be our focus to change this in the world, even though we think itโ€™s sad - and we know these schools are doing a lot of effort already to attract more women (~20% of women at Tรฉlรฉcom Paris. ~15% at EPITA: Ecole d'Ingรฉnieurs en Informatique)

That said, to try to move towards gender parity, without discriminating anyone or being unfair:

๐Ÿ‘‰ weโ€™ve always agreed with the team that if two candidates fitted a role, one man and one woman, weโ€™d be picking the woman first to favour gender parity (and it would be the opposite if women were over-represented at Stockly).

๐Ÿ‘‰ we maximise our chances of hiring women by pro-actively feeding our candidate sourcing pipeline with more female candidates to target.