Toppling systemic barriers that keep women out of IT

For women in IT, resiliency is a required skill, said Monica Caldas, Liberty Mutual Insurance CIO, global retail markets.

Caldas immigrated to the United States from Portugal when she was eight years old. "Watching my parents have to have different creative ideas and solving problems without the resources that maybe others would have gave me that sense of nothing's impossible," Caldas said. 

So, when Caldas took a coding class in college and her male group mates said, "you can do all the presentation and the documentation. Don't worry, we got the coding handled," Caldas corrected them.

"Leaning into how I grew up I was like, 'Oh no, I'm not gonna let you talk to me like that No. 1, and No. 2, I'm going to show you, there's no way that you're going to assign me a task because you don't think I'm good enough,'" Caldas said. 

Many women in IT have similar stories of being outcast or doubted in the field. At tech conferences, for example, 59% of women of color and 43% of white women said they experienced discrimination, according to Ensono's Speak Up 2020 report.

Continue reading: https://www.ciodive.com/news/women-IT-inclusion-diversity/596249/

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