I published an article on our university website yesterday about women in tech careers. You know, our fastest growing industry? :0) Well, the challenge we are facing is that we don’t have enough people to meet the demands of industry.
There was a recent study, carried out in Silicon Valley – the tech centre of the world. Over 200 women were asked about their experiences as a woman in the technology industry and the results are worrying.
Not only did the survey unearth some of the gender challenges we know exist – “47% have been asked to do lower-level tasks that male colleagues are not asked to do (e.g., note-taking, ordering food, etc.)[source]”
“66% felt excluded from key social/networking opportunities because of gender” [source].
This means less opportunities for growth, career development or creating helpful networks. This is a major problem.
Not just for those women currently in Silicon Valley, but for all our daughters.
- How many female tech engineers does your daughter know about?
- How many times have you watched a tv show or YouTube video showing women technology experts?
- How many times have YOU given up trying to fix a tech problem, only to say “Let’s just wait til your dad gets home”?
That last one is a doozy. (It’s hard to be the fixer of everything!) But the messages we are sending to our daughters start early, are long-lasting and can impact on who she thinks she can become.
It’s worth having a look at the full Elephant in the Valley report – it’s an infographic so not hard to read and will only take a few minutes.
In the meantime, here are a few videos to help you support your daughter to learn that women in tech are not only vital – She can be a leader of them!
And here are two good articles for you to read!
Have a great week!
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