According to Schoemaker, member of the city council in Heerhugowaard and social media manager at IDG, there are five major causes. The two strongest are the macho culture and a lack of flexibility to combine work with taking care of children (Schoemaker, 2015).
At Groupe OPEN, in the Netherlands, four departments are run by women; finance, recruitment, human resources, and marketing. How is it that in general, women do not feel at home in this sector while we do?
In my opinion, there are a few important reasons. First of all, hard work is rewarded with additional flexibility and responsibility within OPEN. Second, well-involved management and great colleagues.
As a young woman in the ICT sector (who never expected to work in the ICT), I can say that more women should give it a try! IT is more interesting and fun than you could imagine, if you find the right company.
- Priscilla Hoppezak, Marketing Professional at Groupe OPEN Nederland