Choose to Challenge: Elevating Women in Tech in 2021
Well, we made it—we’ve officially hit the one-year mark of the pandemic. I’m not sure if that deserves applause, a good cry, or a trophy...maybe all the above? Having tiptoed through chaos, we found innovative ways to navigate the cards we were dealt while strengthening connections to ourselves, friends, and communities.
Beyond serving as a milestone for the pandemic, March celebrates Women’s History Month. Nested within the month is International Women’s Day, offering a collective pulse on the state of things for women. As a young woman in technology, I continue to find myself looking for equal and more diverse representation in an industry that’s historically been dominated by men. I’m continually impressed at how innovative my peers are, not only in their quest to develop or reimagine technology but in shaping the narrative around gender equality.
Typically, International Women’s Day serves as a time for celebration, allowing the community to reflect and amplify how far we’ve come. On the heels of a landmark year, it was evident the pandemic posed a threat to the progress of equal representation women have been working towards. In a survey conducted by accelerateHER, more than 57% of respondents working in tech companies noted the pandemic stunted this growth, creating a significant setback in gender roles and equality in the workplace.