He Said, She Said: Do Women Dominate Technical Writing?
While the battle of the sexes continues, a new revelation might begin another discussion. According to some, women are dominating technical writing, but is this because they’re women…or is it for some other reason? Let’s look at what it takes to create a strong technical writing piece and how that might support this new argument.
A New Conversation for Women Everywhere
Most of the time, anything detail-oriented is attributed to men – and technical writing is certainly a detailed task. But some people think that it’s the way that women can be more empathetic that allows them to become better technical writers. A woman is often more likely to see the way another person feels about the information they’re presented, what they might need to know, etc.
In this way, documentation can be more effective since it addresses the needs of the reader, instead of just outlining information that is related to the topic at hand.
In addition, an argument can be made that since a writer is often hidden from view, and out of public sight, he or she is going to be someone who doesn’t mind being behind the scenes. Is this something inherent to women? Not really, but some women are less comfortable being in the spotlight, making this sort of task ideal.
Many technical writers have already noticed the industry filling with women, but what have you seen?
PS – Yes, there are a lot of gender assumptions in this post. But it’s certainly an interesting topic to consider. And to argue.