Contrary to prevailing opinion you don’t have to be a geek or a man to work in technology.
Tech is not a boy’s club anymore. With companies trying to attract more women and changing the way they advertise their available roles the industry is on track for a (much needed) change.
“There is a real perception that you have to have a geeky computer science brain to get into tech,” says Stebbing, “but there are so many women succeeding in this industry who did humanities degrees. There’s a million different paths into tech.”
We need more women in tech in order to get more women in tech – more startups than ever have absolutely no women on their boards of directors, and the same is true for their executive-level employees. More than half of all startups have entirely male executive teams. Yet stats have shown that companies with women executives tend to perform significantly better than those led by men. Women-led companies have historically performed three times better than those with male CEOs.
In PwC’s report “The Female Millennial — The New Era of Talent,” researchers found that young women want to work with employers with a strong history of inclusion, diversity, and equality. A rather unsurprising notion, given the recent rise of gender equality movements, supported by the old and driven by the new generations of both women and men. But is it enough?
Not really. In his article for Forbes, Daniel Levitt, CEO of Bioz, mentions the worrying existence of the “confidence gap”, where, as a study by HP shows, women only apply for jobs when they are 100% sure that they meet the requirements. In stark contrast, men confidently apply for jobs even when they believe that they meet just 60% of the same requirements.
Yes, like toys and clothes, job possibilities still tend to be marketed towards either gender. Yet despite of this general “pinkification” of girls, names like Ruth Porat, CFO, Google, Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, and Ellen Pao, former CEO of Reddit, are living proof that the male-dominated mould can be broken.
What once was a breeze is now a powerful wind of change that’s sweeping through the tech industry. With organizations such as Girls in Tech, Global Tech Women, and many more, the road to equality is being paved. And as Google’s first female engineer, Marissa Mayer, put it: “I love technology, and I don’t think it’s something that should divide along gender lines.”
As the tech industry is, by its very nature, progressive and innovative, it’s high time that this progression and innovativeness is also reflected in the diversity of the people who propel it.