Recently, I listened to a podcast called ”(More) women in tech” by Teddy Kim of The Imposters Club Podcast. To avoid repeating it, I encourage you to listen to it yourself. It’s only 6 minutes.
Teddy mentions a statistic that “Today women hold only 20% of the jobs in tech”. I’m aware that programming is male dominated field, but is it really so unbalanced? I looked around the office and counted 15 dudes and 3 gals. Wow! How can a field that owes it existence to a woman Ada Lovelace be so under represented!
On this day, as we celebrate the gender equality and women’s achievement, It’s important to remember that we’re still a long way from the true equality and, with all the progress that the society has achieved, the work is still ahead of us. As Teddy says, “why would you accept a situation when 50% of the planet isn’t even in your talent pool?” It really hits at the core; But what can we, as individuals, do about it today? How can we make the technology field more inclusive and equal?
- Encourage girls to study science & technology,
- Create an inclusive environment,
- Offer equal pay & opportunities,
- Empower women, increase visibility, and celebrate their achievements.
These actions are simple and can be done today. No excuse! Act now!
I’d like to wish you all a Happy International Women’s Day.
I especially wish it to the love of my life, my partner, and my best friend — Karina. I’m really proud of her for enrolling into the Digital Marketing with Udacity and completing her first Project this week. You’re taking first steps in this awesome field. The path is not going to be easy, but I know you can do it. I’m here to support you along the way, and I wish you all the success.
Edit: Karina’s successfully completed her nano degree and she is now a digital marketing professional.
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