International Women’s Day 2021: maintaining support for women in tech
This year’s International Women’s Day observes the theme ‘Choose to Challenge’, aiming to raise awareness of gender bias and inequality within many industries including tech, while recognising the achievements of women. Despite much progress being made, only 19% of the UK tech workforce are women, according to Tech Nation.
With this in mind, we take a look at how prospective and current female tech employees can be better encouraged and recognised, while challenging bias and inequality, on International Women’s Day and beyond.
In line with this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Elisa Costante, vice-president of research at Forescout, stressed the importance of challenging bias in order to ensure a more diverse environment in tech.
“Having chosen a career in a traditionally male-dominated industry, I know that it is important to call out bias – whether conscious or unconscious – whenever we see it in order to create an environment where anyone, regardless of their gender, sexuality or ethnicity, can succeed,” said Costante.