Here at Aspect, we celebrate the multitude of conversations centered around women in technology (WIT). From under-representation within the tech sector to the gender pay gap, there is no denying that entering and navigating a tech career can be a challenge for women. In fact, a recent survey from ISACA that looked at the barriers faced by women in technology found that two of the biggest hurdles in the workplace are lack of female mentors (48%) and lack of female role models (42%).
In the same study, when asked why women are underrepresented in the technology sector the number one response was that technology role models and leaders are predominately male, followed by the fact that IT is perceived as a male-dominated field. But it’s not all bad news, major corporations are advocating for women in technology. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella has called out the insufficient progress saying,“we always had equal pay for equal work, but its more about equal opportunity for equal work.”
Recently, we sat down with two of our technical experts and Aspect WIT members, Chief Architect, Rachel Muller and Director of Natural Language Processing, Lisa Michaud, to discuss women in technology, hear their opinions, and what can be done to fix this imbalance, focusing on early STEM programs that encourage girls and give them the confidence to stay in the tech field.