Why there aren’t More Women in Tech

Natalia Costa
8 min readMar 8, 2023
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When I first arrived in Norway, I was happy to work at a place where each person was treated equally, regardless of gender, race, or age. Sometime later, I realized that the salaries of men were higher than the salaries of women, especially in the tech area.

Since I work in tech myself, my first feeling was frustration. How come even though Scandinavia was the most progressive geographical area in terms of gender equality, it still presented such a disparity? Was it a tech thing, a gender issue, or perhaps both?

Work Environment

In the last century, there was an attempt to equalize everybody and integrate women into the working market. Overall, this was successfully achieved, however, the premise at hand doesn’t serve every individual, because the pre-established model of society was created by men (for men).

If societies demand a daily productive cycle from each citizen, the collective is assuming that each person has a 24-hour rhythm and not considering that half the population has approximately a 28-day cycle. Women bleed monthly.

So, the basis we start with is masculine as it only serves the natural rhythm and emotional needs of one of the genders. Basically, making money, especially in tech and finances is mostly a “boys’ game”. And the way the work setting is organized is based on the fake premise that men and women are equal.

Biological traits have been tossed aside as nuisances to serve the continual demand for progress, production, and profit. But the truth is that the average man wakes up every day initiating a new cycle with the same set of energy, so once the man goes to sleep, he restores his battery. While a woman, on the other hand, functions on a monthly cycle, in sync with the moon. So, for a woman, rather than going to bed and waking up always with the same set of energy, the energetic “battery” varies depending on the phase of the month she is in. A woman’s energy cycle would better be measured in the length of time of a month, rather than throughout a day like her male counterparts.

In societies where everybody is leveled according to the rhythm of a man period is an issue. The idea that menstruation is associated with 1. a nuisance or 2. shame, only perpetuates the idea that…

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Natalia Costa

Human being 🐒 Engineer by day, Poet by night ☯️ Writing about emotional intelligence A.K.A. applied quantum physics. www.bynataliacosta.com