Women in tech and successful diversity in tech story
Despite efforts to increase diversity in the technology industry, little progress has been made over the past decade. Many believe the dial won’t shift towards parity for women in tech unless diversity and inclusion initiatives are measured. For this reason, professional community and social movements as Women in Tech carry out they're a double mission: to close the gender gap and to help women embrace technology.
The aim is to educate, equip, and empower women and girls with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in career fields.
In First Line Software we have our brilliant talent software engineer and ambassador of Women in Tech - Ekaterina and ask her: how did you become a part of a global movement and what is your mission in?
- About a year ago, a friend of mine asked me how I felt about feminism. To which I replied that I had not encountered this: "This problem is already in the past, in the modern world it does not exist, or it does not exist in the IT-sphere, because it did not bother me." This incident was not the only one. Girls of various professions (and not only girls, but this is not the topic of this article) contacted me with questions about their careers. A couple of months ago, I decided to take part in the Russian IT marathon for girls. The participants were mostly not from IT, but who dreamed of getting there. There I learned that most girls consider IT to be a purely male sphere, and, therefore, they are afraid to go there, or they already work in IT and are faced with issues that feminism covers - “equal rights, equal opportunities”.
Parallel, I participated in a worldwide online conference for women in IT. I was amazed at how much IT is developed in poor countries and continents (Africa, India, etc.). But I was also very struck that “women in IT” is a very global and painful topic for many.
I contacted the participants at the conference, as I was very interested in this topic. I wanted to know more about them: who they are, what they live, what they want. I think it is very important to help those who need it. Especially if you can do it. It's not just about money, it is very important to be able to properly motivate a girl, help her believe in herself and direct her in the right direction, which she was previously afraid to even dream about. What, in fact, I have already begun to do.
You can join #WomenTechNet. Online meetings are held every week. Speakers (Netflix developers, owners of their IT business, writers, personal growth coaches) share their knowledge.
By way of conclusion
According to measures the percentage of women in tech remains low at 16%, with little growth in 10 years. Diversity is critical in tech, as it enables companies to create better and safer products that take everyone into consideration, not just one section of society. A report from McKinsey found that diverse companies perform better, hire better talent, have more engaged employees, and retain workers better than companies that do not focus on diversity and inclusion. Despite this, women remain widely underrepresented in IT roles. That's why is so important to promote women's technology ecosystem all around the World.
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