“In my five years of teaching, I have taught around five hundred students and only eight of those students were girls” This statement at the PG connect event we recently attended was made by the ‘next generation of gamers’ panelist Justin Parsler: a lecturer at Brunel university. It made us question the lack of gender balance within the technology industry and we decided to do our own investigation based upon this statement to understand the state of women in tech.
Ada Lovelace, the first female programmer, is a significant inspiration for young women in technology and a motive for the next generation of female technologists to continue in her footsteps. The number of young women completing engineering and technology programs has dropped significantly over the last 30 years with the percentage of women working in tech estimating a mere 30%. However over the last few years a revolution has taken place in the industry as a large number of women are joining forces to increase the number of females working in tech.
Change is happening, but patience will be vital as this shift continues to become more balanced within the classroom and workplace. Organisations and events are taking place around the world to encourage and help women gain the opportunities, skill set and support in working in the technology industry.
Welson Rossman, the head of marketing at tech business Chariot Solutions, stated that: “Having more companies, leaders, media, parents, teachers, girls and women understand the importance of training, teaching, encouraging and supporting girls and women in all aspects of innovation and technology will help move the needle faster and sooner.” More and more women are being given increasing numbers of opportunities within coding security, user experience all evidenced by the fast growth of annual events such as the Women in Tech Summit, Girls in Tech London and Women in telecoms and technology.
Moving into 2016 all signs are looking positive for this shift. The non profit organisation ‘Girls who code’ has taught over 10,000 young women software coding skills and they ensured that over twenty of the largest tech companies have pledged they will share paid internships and opportunities with their students.
With a number of powerful women already strong figures within tech such as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Susan Wojcicki the CEO of Youtube and Ruth Porat the CFO for Google, the future looks bright for women looking to gain success in the industry. Here at Osmii we recruit candidates across the industry sourcing people to fill job roles within Sales Consultants, Lead Developers to AEM Business Analysts for some of the most exciting tech companies across EMEA, APAC and the UK. For more information about Osmii please check our website https://osmii.com/
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