The Value of Not Getting Paid

Karolina Szczur (@fox on twitter) made an excellent point in her post Women will never advance doing community work.

What’s even more necessary though is women and other underrepresented groups realising the impact community work has on their jobs. Lack of role models has been proven to be one of the biggest barriers preventing women from entering and staying within the tech industry. It won’t get any better if a significant amount of senior female leaders are busy organising instead of advancing in their profession. A balance between on-boarding underrepresented individuals into the industry and retaining them has to be struck.

Many would point out that we need community organizers and leaders now more than ever before. It’s striking to see, then, that the recognized value of organizing and its importance to one’s career has decreased, approaching zero. Women are doing it; our time can only be worth less until it runs out.