Tags: Gender gap, high school, high school science, peer mentoring, STEM, tech, technology
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It used to be that, quantitatively, the top reasons women cited for staying away from technology fields were:
*it’s not interesting;
*they think they wouldn’t be good at it;
*they think they will be working with a number of people that they just wouldn’t feel comfortable or happy working alongside.
But now that tech is so much more integrated into our daily lives, being technologically illiterate no longer flies. The article finds that the new reasons include:
*not being aware of the economic benefits and impact tech careers can have;
*female students not taking computer science classes, which might spark their interest;
*not having “mentors” who are only a few years older that are into tech. (Remember that Senior in highschool, when you were a freshman, and they were the epitome of cool and the pinnacle of human evolution, with their school savvy and CAR KEYS? Article suggests the more girls get into computers and technology, the more young devotees will follow, and the cycle will continue.)
Here’s the Real Reason There Are Not More Women in Technology
Ask someone to tell you the reasons that there are not more women in technology positions and chances are they will point to one of the numerous articles written lately. They usually start with “top 10 reasons why women…” or “break the glass ceiling by…”. But instead of doing the hard research, they produce the literary equivalent of ‘all flash and no substance’.
To understand the reasons and circumstances of the issue, we must go beyond the pretexts to an examination of the occupational conditions for women throughout their life. And I chose to discuss it with 10 successful women that have all made it to the top of their professions in technical related fields.
Such a view of women’s lives are of course limited by the size of the study, but these successful women each put forth sound, actionable advice for women of all ages. Critical advice during a time where technology has begun and increasingly will permeate every facet of every profession on earth. A career without a technology background is a fatal one.