Does web design needs positive discrimination?

Paul Boag

As part of our season of podcast episodes on debates within the web design community, we want to look at the subject of discrimination.

Before I introduce this topic, I want to be clear. I will not tolerate any abusive comments and I expect a mature level of debate. If I read anything that I deem offensive in anyway or any mention is made of specific individuals, I will ban you permanently from posting to Boagworld.

Sorry to sound so scary, but the topic I want us to discuss this week is one that can cause a lot of immature and impulsive posting. That is something we need to avoid.

I thought long and hard about whether to even cover this topic. However, I believe it is an important one and something worthy of discussion. I also like to believe the best in people and I think we are capable of having a mature discussion. With that in mind here is the topic for the day:

This house proposes that the web design community needs to introduce positive discrimination to counteract the imbalance in the number of women within the sector.

So what I want from you is your thoughts. Is there still a problem of gender inequality within web design? Is positive discrimination in the choice of speakers at conferences or even hiring the right solution? Are there other things that we should be doing to address this issue? Let me know in the comments below.

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