This discussion led me to contemplate a bit about equality in general, perception (of norms and “normal”) and to do some very simple number crunching.
Let’s look at a couple of stats (the numbers include all Amazee Group companies and are as per end of May 2015):
Number of CEOs 3 female: 2, male 1
Number of employees 28 female: 14, male 14
Number of board members 5 female 2, male 3
So, all in all I think we’re doing a quite good job here at Amazee – gender is not really a big issue. We’re taking it pretty much for granted that “things are equal” in all aspects, even in a male dominated industry.
We usually just hire the best talent. I guess we’re just a very attractive employer (slightly blushing).
Oh and regarding salary equality: I guess there is no need to say gender does not matter here either, but you’ll have to trust my word as it’s not usual in Switzerland to share salary details.
As at Amazee we don’t seem to have to work hard to achieve a good balance of women and men in our team, this is not the norm (yet).
So what can we do to change this?
Personally I am not a big fan of quotas; I’d rather go with qualification, empowerment and transparency.
Our approach is to support and promote women in tech, as this is necessary to promote equality. That’s why we sponsor events like Women in Drupal, the Rail Girls Summer of Code and provide platforms like this one for Angie Chang who’ll speak about “"Women in tech and networking lifeline for female entrepreneurs" at our brown bag lunch on June 23, 2015 (ping me if you’re interested in attending).
By promoting women in tech, we can contribute a little bit to introducing female role models to girls. Maybe one of these girls will become a future driver at Amazee.