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Crushing the IT Gender Bias

Thriving as a Woman in Technology


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman
    Pages 1-14
  3. Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman
    Pages 31-63
  4. Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman
    Pages 65-85
  5. Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman
    Pages 87-105
  6. Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman
    Pages 107-126
  7. Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman
    Pages 127-151
  8. Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman
    Pages 153-172
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 173-177

About this book


Conscious and unconscious bias, societal pressures, and discomfort with women’s ambition are issues that women are confronted with in any male-dominated setting, and tech is no exception. Statistically, women are a disproportionately small percentage of the technology industry. How did we get here, what is changing, and what can future generations of women in STEM expect?

In Crushing the IT Gender Bias, author Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman applies her two decades of experience in tech to these meaningful questions, plus many more. As a mentor and sponsor of women in the database and development communities, Pot’Vin-Gorman uses experience, visualizations of hard data, and industry interviews to describe the many challenges that women face in STEM. She then shows you how to inoculate against them. Small, positive changes like these are similar to a vaccine: they build individual immunity and thus create herd immunity to protect the most vulnerable. This shift is accomplished through increased representation of—and direct exposure to—successful role models in the industry.

You’ll get practical advice related to hiring practices, salary negotiations, and barriers to collaboration. After witnessing multiple female peers depart the tech world, Pot’Vin-Gorman has written Crushing the IT Gender Bias to make her voice heard and to start this necessary conversation productively so that women can thrive. Additionally, this book is for male professionals who desire to grow in their understanding and eliminate bias in their environments.

Do not be content with mere survival. Read this book, practice the techniques, and, most importantly, learn how to pay it forward. By arming yourself with knowledge and facing bias head-on, you can be the meaningful change that you want to see in the tech industry.


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Authors and affiliations

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About the authors

Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman has over two decades of technical experience and has worked for small startups as well as large companies, including Oracle and Microsoft. She is one of the most recognized women in technology in the database community and presents on deep technical topics at database, DevOps, big data, and development events. Her social media presentations and written material are well respected for her thought leadership and technical content. She is the author of four technical books and is a long-term mentor and sponsor of women in both the database and development communities. 

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