I started programming in the early 1990s and most of my teams were approx 70% international. Due to a particular software program we were using, a large majority of the other programmers were either South Asians or Israeli. I found that the Israelis generally respected me straight away, whereas the South Asians required that I earn their respect, and some never treated me equally despite proving time and again that I was not only competent, but one of the stronger members of the team.
I’m pretty far removed from programming and technical projects today so I’m wondering if 1. my account was/is common, 2. an accurate assessment of the situation at the time, and 3. do these kind of “cultural” issues still exist today.
Is it just a matter of time and having more and more women prove themselves as capable. E.g. now that south asia has been such an outsourcing center, and I assume loads of women in the workplace, is it “easier” for women? And are there still other cultures that need to “catch up.”