Last month saw the largest ever gathering of women in academia, government and industry. It was at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, where 2,150 young women attended. The forum had techies talking about open source development, intricacies of language design and data visualization and prospects of investing in women entrepreneurs. Women have huge potential to become scientists, software engineers and entrepreneurs. Leading tech companies are also offering them jobs.
As of now only 1% of women in tech industry hold high ranks. The technology industry have dearth of women. High tech start ups have just 1% CEOs and no woman is chief technology officer. According to the findings of ‘National Science Foundation,’ there has been a steady decline in number of women studying computer science, – 37 percent in 1985 to 19 percent today. Such problems arise with lack of encouragement from parents’ end to study math and science and the situation worsens when girls join the workforce.
In order to improve this situation, the Anita Borg Institute for Women & Technology, is trying to set things right by making role models out of women engineers and computer scientists, helping them to interact with each other and motivating them to become successful technical leaders.
The conference is likely to inspire women attendees to opt for technology. But then how do we overcome the more widespread problem beyond technology – which is scarcity of women in every business sector. What companies need to do is they should start a culture of inclusion and diversity right from their growth stage. ‘Diversity as hiring practice’, makes a business successful while it on growth path. More than 65 executives participated at the Anita Borg Technical Executive Forum from companies like Google, Microsoft, Symantec and small businesses. They discussed about the ways to increase female candidates’ representation in technical organizations.
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