Most men in the field of technology have challenges in dating. A lack of social skills and improper hygiene of techies account for these problems in dating. One other big reason is the fear of gold diggers. Men in technology fear that women who decide to date them are only in because of the money and luxury, and not for love. The scarcity of women in the gold rush and their role as catalysts for growth and development, seem to tell a different story. These attributes of women in the gold rush, which can be associated with women in technology today, shows that women are actually not in for the money, but are actually on to bigger things such as shaping and making lives better.
Women in the gold rush period were scarce gold diggers who came to dig gold to improve their lives, not to satisfy selfish desires as most women of today are speculated to do. Levy tells us in her book They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California, Gold Rush (2013) that women were entrepreneurial and hardworking. One can argue that most women in the gold rush capitalized on their scarcity and came up with initiatives and ideas that brought them wealth. Women in the gold rush period took initiatives and found themselves in businesses and start-ups that earned them as much money, and even more than the miners did (Levy, 2013). They engaged in many activities including running boarding houses, cooking and washing clothes of miners. Some even went into the mines to dig up gold for themselves.
The scarcity of women in the gold rush period can be likened to the scarcity of women in technology today. This scarcity has also created many opportunities for women to exhibit their skills and prove to their male colleagues that there is more to women than chasing after rich men and remaining faithful housewives.
Women in the California gold rush era were in great demand because they were scarce and also, their presence encouraged stability and progress and the same can be said for women in tech. The Alta California (a newspaper) mentioned that: “Woman to society is like a cement to the building of stone” (Levy, 2013). In spite of the boom in California, with men getting richer by the day, the presence of women was still needed to bring development and stability. The fact that women were seen as catalysts to progress and development enforces the idea that women actually came to California to ensure positive change, contribute to the development of California and make the lives of the men better, rather than take money away from these very men who depended on them for progress. Mrs. Galloway (a cook), Mary Jane Caples (a pie baker), Mrs. Phelps (a cook), Mary Ballou (a boarding house keeper), and Luzena Wilson (cook, boardinghouse keeper, laundry woman and seamstress) were women who took initiative, to make money for themselves and their families. Ha! Who is the gold digger now?
Although women are scarce in tech companies, they are needed for development and growth, just as they were in the gold rush era. High performing tech companies such as Cysco, eBay, and many others have more women in managerial positions. The role of women in managerial positions can be accounted for by the fact that women usually have E- type brains (Kanazawa & Miller), a brain that is better at empathizing than synthesizing. Although men can have this type of brain, it is usually associated with females. Women tend to have the ability to empathize, motivate, discipline, coordinate, and plan, thus making them suitable for administrative and managerial roles. Just like in the gold rush period, women are needed for the progress and development of tech companies and other companies, which will ultimately lead to the improvement of lives across the globe.
Women appear to be gold diggers, true. However, women in the gold rush era and women in the technological world have taught us that women, even in their scarcity, come to dig gold to make lives better, rather than chase after men for their money.