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International Women’s Data: Five women in data who are challenging the status quo

According to a BCG study from 2020, only 15% of data scientists are women.

Yet data science and artificial intelligence (AI) are two of the fastest growing sectors in technology, and in the US alone, there were 2.7 million job openings for data scientists last year. What’s holding women back? Lacklustre encouragement to pursue STEM subjects in school, the lack of female role models in industry, the gender pay gap, and a male-dominated office culture are all cited as factors contributing to this ongoing challenge.

Countless studies reveal the correlation between gender diversity, profitability and value creation. That’s why on this International Women’s Day, we need to hear from more women trailblazing in the AI industry, holding them up as role models for the next generation. It’s important that young girls are aware of the vast array of opportunities available in this exciting new sector and can access the stories of women who have successfully climbed the career ladder.

This year’s International Women’s Day is encouraging women to #ChoosetoChallenge. So, we asked industry changemakers from Amelia’s Women in AI program what challenge’s they’ve faced throughout their careers and what learnings they want to share with those that might be considering pursuing a career in the industry:

AI is an industry to get excited about

Rema M. Algunaibet, who works as an AI developer at the seventh largest company in the world, Saudi Aramco, is excited about the fast-paced life of working in technology. A defining career moment for Rema was seeing a life-size walking, talking artificial-human doctor on-screen at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. She says: “The experience was breathtaking and eye-opening,” and has further cemented her desire to work in the tech industry and be part of “the wave of digital transformation via robotics, AI, and the technologies of Industry 4.0 that will define our future.”

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