In light of International Women’s Day on March 8, Mary Manzo dedicates this week’s Tech Watch to the powerful women of technology in the past, using their stories as an example to inspire women to pursue the field of STEM.
Women like Ada Lovelace, Dr. Erna Hoover and Hedy Lamarr were visionaries and problem solvers. They changed the direction of technology, as we know it today.
This year, the UN Women organization’s theme for International Women’s Day is, “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme’s focus is on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women around the world.
Mary was excited to see this theme because of the fact that there is still such a large gender gap in the field of technology. In the mid-80s, women made up 37% of computer science degrees. Today, women only make up about 20-25%. Additionally, they make up less than 20 percent of U.S. tech jobs.
So why does this matter? It’s because women are excellent problem solvers, awesome at multitasking and are incredible relationship builders. Women trust their intuition and are persuasive. Women seek challenges and are equality-minded. Studies show, when men and women are working together successfully, the result is a more innovative workplace. For existing and future technologies, bringing the genders together is critical!
If you would like to share your insights on this topic with Mary, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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