Women in Technology (or “Women in Tech”, if you want to sound cool) is as common as guys wearing pink skirts.
Ok that’s a bit of an exaggeration but this is (partially) true.
The Technology world often uses words such as ‘game changer’, ‘revolutionise’ or ‘disruptive’.
But where is the disruption when the Technology sector is worse than other ‘monolithic’ industries and suffers from an under represented female work force? If anything, the disruption is a backward one…
Who created that problem?
Is it men’s fault? The usual culprit….
Is it the media? That doesn’t talk enough about the brilliant female minds creating some fantastic new technologies?
Or worse…is it everybody’s fault for thinking that Tech is only for (male) ‘geeks’?
Anyway, this is not a blame game but things have to change!
Isn’t it ironic that Ada Lovelace (a Londoner) is often described as the ‘Mother of Computing’ (since she is considered to be the first computer programmer) but yet in 2016, there are not enough women in Tech?….
In London there are many ways women can become part of the Tech scene. You can:
- join one of these groups so you can grow your network and skills:
- take part in Tech events organised at the Google Campus in Shoreditch (East London) or in the Every Woman Forum
- attend The Silicon Milkroundabout (a Tech job fair) which takes place at the Truman Brewery (East London)
- (hopefully) launch your own start-up in Silicon Roundabout (London’s tech district, also known as Tech City)
But Tech (even if it won’t solve all the problems) gives women a formidable opportunity to work in an exciting industry. And no, it is not a man’s playground! Women should understand that Tech is also open to them and that provided they have the right skills, many companies will hire them.
Tech could bring women not only job opportunities but also a platform to express themselves and a possibility to work on technologies that can improve their (and other people’s) lives.
So come on ladies, use coding to change the world for the better and ‘reprogram’ minds to improve tolerance and acceptance. Besides, the trend is with you. There are some positive developments taking place right now. For example, 38% of start-ups at Campus London have at least one female founder!
To the women who make London Tech scene interesting, vibrant and less men dominated…. Thank You!
Happy Women’s Day to every Woman (wherever you are)!
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