Over the past few years, a phrase I often hear uttered in business has come to bother me a lot – “you guys”.
I hear it said in all hands meetings, I read it on blogs and other communication channels between a company and its employees, I hear it in small group conversations.
I hear both women and men say it, so it is not necessarily a sexist thing.
But to me “guys” means men. And so I think this phase is reinforcing a societal bias in the tech business against women.
This past saturday I attended a recruiting session for young women to attend The Academy For Software Engineering.
As I stood in the back and watched these young women talk about their career aspirations, I thought that we have a good shot at making the tech sector non gender biased in the coming years. And I am excited about.
So I have consciously attempted to strike the phrase “you guys” from my vocabulary unless I am, in fact, talking to a group that is all male.