- 7/29/2014 3:13:43 PM
Louis I agree, we need to be cognizant of the gap but not be defined by it.That will go a long way to making conscious decisions to better the position of women in all walks of life.
- 7/22/2014 9:53:54 PM
@Wendy I might add that these "soft-skills" are often the hardest to be compensated and/or utilized by most companies.
Sure it is an inexact science, but if you have an individual that has these qualities - companies do themselves a disservice constantly by not paying attention.
And while this intiution or 6th sense is not meant to be the main tool, it is a tool that many do not foster or take advantage of. And using it in conjunction with Analytics can be very powerful and effective.
Just ask any winning poker shark.
- 7/22/2014 9:47:08 PM
Does a reference to Dragnet make me old school too?
No. Makes you cool in my book ! I was having a pretty good day as it was, and then I read your referrence to an old favorite and it got even better. Joe Friday, even the name is cool. : )
- 7/22/2014 9:42:56 PM
@Maryam I certainly think women will have opportunity and hold positions of influence in all major sectors of society moving forward.
Sure we (society) have a long way to go, but then again - We (society ) are closer than we have ever been.
And that is great news if you ask me. : )
- 7/22/2014 9:36:26 PM
Very interesting topic. Something I had not considered actively anyway. I just assume analytical methods are gender neutral, it is just the approach of the analyst that might differ. And of course it does, so it only makes sense that females process data differently than men do.
I am sure these tools and measures are slanted toward a male point of view ( for the record - I had nothing to do with it) for the most part. So the argument of gender bias is valid IMO.
Are we allowing our traditions to limit our potentials in fostering analytic-generated knowledge?
I do think traditions get in the way of progress all the time.
- 7/22/2014 1:26:16 PM
Don't despair even with all the bad news I still think it is possible for women to be successful, it takes a certain personality variable of persistence. I think as parents its important build in the personality traits that girls will need when they are women. I have hope that in the future it will change for our daughters.
- by bkbeverly, Data Doctor
- 7/19/2014 11:05:00 AM
That is a great question! The question with which I wrestle is if my daughters will be able to be successful on the merits of who they are, or on the basis that they have mastered a male-oriented value system? It is one thing for them to be successful within the existing ways of doing things, but another for them to be successful doing something that is natural to them. We may not be around to see it, but I think at some point, with more women going to college than men, there will be a mixture of approaches in how stuff is done.
- 7/18/2014 2:45:38 PM
Bryan you make an excellent point I never thought about. However the bias then is not exclusive to just analytics but basically every other science and most of technology marketplace (based on the most recent published reports from our top tech companies). So the question is what would our world look like it the female perspective was represented? We may have missed something great... hopefully we still have time to find it in the future!
- by bkbeverly, Data Doctor
- 7/18/2014 1:50:26 PM
Wendy, your observations are spot-on. In fact that is why we have judges. They are presented with facts, but must use soft skills to discern what the verdict should be. In fact, because Solomon used soft skills, he was able to discern that the liar was a quant who wanted to divide the disputed baby into two pieces. The false mother would have been happy with .5 of a dead child, but the love of the real mother maintained wholeness.And yes, I think we can grant you old school status. In fact some days I suffer from Dragnet Syndrome. That is when you do something very unwise (dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb ... dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb ...)
ANALYTICS IN ACTION
INFOGRAPHICSVIEW ALL +
- by James M. Connolly