Want a future in tech? Here are some tips from women in STEM to young girls hoping to break into the industry
SALT LAKE CITY — The COVID-19 pandemic forced unprecedented numbers of women across the country to leave their jobs in what's now been dubbed the pink recession. In the tech field, an industry that has notoriously struggled with gender parity, this exodus is concerning to many.
That's why the Utah-based Women Tech Council launched the SheTech virtual summit — they're hoping to introduce high school girls to the STEM fields early on so they can explore possible careers in the industry.
The summit launched Wednesday and featured speakers from NASA, Northrup Grumman and other women leaders and top executives. Girls around the state, country and world tuned in to watch the live conference, according to Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council.
According to research, less than 3% of the 1.4 million computer science jobs in the country available in 2020 were expected to be filled by women.
Those statistics need to change, according to Zehra Syeda-Sarwat, a leader at Amazon Web Services.