This summer I have spent some time thinking through the definition of “women in technology”. I have been a member of several different chapters, attended luncheons and workshops and even hosted a few. I believe the definition to be quite simple, “A group of individuals passionate about ensuring gender diversity and opportunity equality (at all levels) within technology.” This definition allows us to broaden the participants to include the developers, the innovators, the end users, the marketers, the sellers and the designers of technology. It also encourages support of the initiative beyond women.
As I follow the news I am reminded of the work we still have ahead of us, a sobering statistic is the declining rate of women getting computer science degrees. You can find a report from the National Student Clearinghouse reviewing degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and sees that the share of STEM bachelor’s degrees going to women ticked down over the past decade. The biggest decline was in computer science, where women received 23% of bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2004 and just 18 % in 2014. While I have read a few articles that seem to say we are now trending in a positive direction, we still have our work cut out for us. According to a 2016 report released by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, “Diversity in computing is lacking. 26% of the computing workforce were women, and less than 10% were women of color.”
Here at Aspect, we want to recognize and honor the women in technology who are going above and beyond to help their company be successful. So, we are launching a new initiative, Unsung Heroes. We want employees, colleagues, or friends to nominate a woman in technology as an unsung hero. We will be recognizing these unsung heroes on a quarterly basis. Nominating someone couldn’t be easier, just click here!
Stay tuned to see who our first unsung hero will be and don’t forget to nominate yours!
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