How lockdowns can open doors for women in tech
How can we get more women to join and build a career in the tech sector? With an abundance of hashtags, initiatives, and messages of goodwill to encourage women to get involved, we’re still not doing enough. What we need, is practical and tangible change, something that, oddly enough, lockdown may have offered us.
Women and Tech
The technology sector is no doubt going from strength to strength, and I’m excited to be a part of it. From producing the world’s first telephone 140 years ago to now powering the world with cutting edge technology like 5G, constant innovation is a given in ICT. Yet, as we witness so much change, there is one constant: women remain underrepresented in this field.
Despite the increasing demand for ICT related skills in the EU and the estimated 16 billion GDP economic boost that an increased female workforce would provide, men considerably outnumber women in tech. With women equating for just 34 percent of European STEM graduates and only 17 percent of European ICT specialists, the tech industry has one of the largest gender-gaps in Europe.