Did you know that there is an industry where women have yet to break the glass ceiling?
During my years in college, I started out in a room 1/4 girls, 3/4 boys, all going for various degrees in Information Technology. As a Web Programming major, I saw the number of women in my class dwindle until I was the only one left. I graduated with a degree that only males received that graduation.
Last year NPR did a story on Meredith Perry’s invention UBeam: a transmitter that can recharge wireless devices using ultrasonic waves. It’s like Wi-Fi, she says, except instead of a wireless Internet connection, her’s transmits power over the air. Girls/Women can do this stuff too. The shortage of women in silicon valley, end up in Project management or testing positions, lower pay and less recognition. A lot of times they are intimidated or forced out by overbearing male personalities that run rampant in the tech world. Boys who never learned how to talk to girls can break one’s spirit in mere minutes. Only the strong survive.
Engineering toy designed by a girl engineer for girls
Harvey Mudd College instituted a program called Closing the Gap which aims at making Computer Science fun again. They hire more female Instructors to entice girls in high school to want to go to Harvey Mudd.
Women often view technology as Boring, Tedious, NOT COOL, This is actually out of date thinking. Last year, the Spartandaily.com reported that demand top requested tech skills is up 57 percent year-on-year. The national average salary for technology professionals with experience in Oracle Database is $90,914 and for Oracle Application Server is $88,063.
Women in Technology further concluded that women received 57% of all undergraduate degrees but represented only 18% of all Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degrees. There has been a 79% decline, between 2000 and 2008, in the number of incoming undergraduate women interested in majoring in Computer Science.
Only 4.08% of venture funding in 2006 went to tech start-ups with female chief executives–that’s down from 5.72% in 2001. (Forbes.com, Rachel Rosmarin, 05.17.07).
All this to say, Computers are not scary, nerdy or boring. And coding is like learning French or German, it’s just another language.
Encourage the critical thinking logical young women in your sphere of acquaintance to go after doing what they love and to remember, the nerds of today are the bosses and CEOs of tomorrow.
I encourage you to bring a young woman interested in business to attend a special luncheon on August 6th, 2014 at 11:30am at the Meeting Room in the Ponce De Leon Mall. There will be an inspirational speaker challenging every woman to reach for her untapped potential. Young Women 9 and older are invited to attend. Lunch is $13 (cash or check) and your young guest is free.
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