Incredible advancements in tech are rapidly reshaping our world and evolving working practices and environments. During, and since, the Covid-19 pandemic, technology has positively permeated and transformed our daily lives at an astonishing rate—for businesses, streamlining customer interactions, facilitating new experiences, and enhancing processes.

Undoubtedly, it is a hugely exciting time to work within the tech industry. Great strides are being made to encourage diverse perspectives in the workplace. Yet in today’s much more progressive and democratized corporate landscape, we’re still not giving women enough opportunities, or the space needed to truly lead within the sector.

Inspiring tomorrow’s tech leaders, today

It’s anticipated that by 2030, less than 25% of ICT specialists will be female. That’s only a small rise from the 19% that seen in positions globally today—and in many countries, the share is falling. To plug the digital skills gap and create a more diverse workforce, leaders must unite to encourage more girls and young women to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math; in Europe today, only one in three STEM graduates are female.

The obvious starting point is showcasing tech careers to girls and young women. Programs aimed at inspiring the next generation of tech leaders, such as AWS GetIT, can help schools and educators bring tech role models to their classrooms. Through app-building competitions, girls learn practical digital and IT skills, experience working as a team, and gain self-confidence by presenting ideas to wider audiences, all while being exposed to STEM careers. It’s a small but important step towards inspiring young females to become tomorrow’s tech leaders.

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