As Amelia Earhart said, ‘Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others’
‘Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others’., the women of the modern world should not take the backseat to male domination in the technology world. It is important to establish the fact that the tech realm needs the capabilities and brain power of this minor gender such that they can make progress rapid in societies.
The World Economic Forum report stated that it would take around 100 years to close the gender gap which is the one thing we should all stray away from. The need of the hour is to acknowledge the humongous contribution that women can provide to this field and promote it as much as possible.
Let us dive into a clearer picture of how women have taken equal possessions of the economic reins.
The Stats Talk
According to a research conducted by Kauffman Foundation, tech companies which are headed by women earned 35% more return on investment than those run by males. Loads of data has been collated proving that companies which contain women in their executive teams end up with brighter results and higher share prices.
The GLI Finance leader of public affairs and marketing, Louise Beaumont claimed that companies with mixed senior management proved to be financially a success.
The famous Forbes magazine also stated that women ended up with 20% high revenues despite being given half the funding that men get. 40% of women have said to come up with unique, innovate ideas for pitching in such that the value of the customer’s money is maximized.
As discovered through stats, around half the population of social media users and gamers are women which makes it ironical if they are not employed in the tech industries. The producer of the bestseller Journey, Robin Hunicke or the director of award winning Uncharted 3, Siobhan Reddy are some names in the UK gaming industry that have set a previously male testosterone driven world more female driven as well.
Follow The Women
The minority in tech have managed to knock off some men from their positions in the business charts. A number of names have become common on the tip of tongues such as Brynne Kennedy (CEO of Move Guides), Melissa Morris (cofounder of Network Locum), and Joanna Shields (Build a Tech World) among a few other influential women leaders. In a scenario where very few modals stand to idealize, these women have positively affected the young minds to believe in themselves more.
STEM And IT, Stemming At It
The wide gender gap in technology is being slowly sewed back as there are many education institutions that are actively encouraging the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math along with Information and Technology, among the girls. The CEO of BodyDataSpace came up with an innovative idea of introducing A to STEM where the letter stood for design. As girls will start to see that there are various ways of dealing with technology, they would feel more comfortable to join. For example web designing can be a field where interest can increase.
Breaking And Attaching Stereotypes
Many parents believe that their girl child should not pursue ‘rigorous’ fields like technology which is a stereotype that needs to be broken through campaigns that give holistic knowledge of the benefits. A number of girls themselves believe that they need to chose a career that lets them care or nurture such as nursing.
There is a need to erase the belief that women should be soft spoken which is why many tech conferences are ensuing opportunities for those in power to stand on the podium and inspire million others with their words. The amount of caring that an engineering career can have is being spread by speakers as they show how providing clean water or using digital technology to find cure for diseases etc.
RSVP On Events And Programmes
Innumerable chances have popped out for women to establish their strong footing by becoming part of effective events and programmes. WL Digital Marketing is a tech company that has came up with an event called Digital Marketing Skill Share. This is a unique initiative for it does not ask a puppet to be created out of the male centric realm rather it supports the crafting of an individual ‘feminine’ personality where the femininity is unabashedly accepted. The Global Fund for Women is another programme that takes a feminist approach such that 12-18 year old tech savvy female fans get confidence to delve more in the field. This organization has also spread the STEM system in the Sub-Saharan Africa rather than a complete focus in just UK or other developed nations.
Many colleges such as London Business School are also offering a range of programmes that can be undertaken by women in order to develop their leadership qualities qualitatively, whether they are experts or beginners, it is open for all.
Raise, Rise And Resume
One of the biggest downfalls in any career for women is the salary quotient which somehow ends up less than the man in most cases. The tech field is not far in this area as well. In order to get equality, it is also essential that the gender pay gap is minimized. An international non-profit organization by the name of ‘Girls in Tech’ zeroed in on tech companies such as Facebook, Dell, IBM, Google, Microsoft and many other famous names to hold hands in supporting the raising awareness programmes. The companies and women are both encouraged to contribute such as policy changes, holding negotiation workshops, openly communicating issues among a range of useful approaches.
Women were informed about joining Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women so as to be able to demand equal pay. They were also encouraged to ask their employers to cover the costs of the course.
A collection of drops can soon become an ocean which is what the female contribution to the tech world will lead to completing it in wholesome.