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There has been a recent push to encourage and help women get into technology-related careers. Job roles in technology, such as a programmer, data analyst, web developer etc. are often viewed as male careers. This means that fewer women choose to study IT at school and are thus not likely to pursue a career in the area.
In the UK only 17% of people working in the technology sector are female. Hence, we can clearly see this sector is currently a male-dominated area. In addition, of the girls that do study IT at school, just 50% enter into a job in the same area. And A-level courses in Computer Science are only taken by 7% of female students.
Many employers are addressing this gender divide and are actively trying to employ more women in technology. However, more work needs to be done to encourage young girls to study IT whilst at school, college and university. As at the moment, there is a lack of women going into the sector, mainly due to choosing alternative subjects during their education.
One example of encouraging young women to get into technology is ‘Kode With Klossy’. This is a yearly coding summer camp for girls that was set up by Karlie Kloss. The camp is for girls aged between 13 and 18 and teaches them all the skills they require to become a programmer. Kloss was inspired to set up the summer camps after she learned to code herself and found out about the lack of women in the industry.
Promoting technology careers to girls from a young age is a positive step in reducing the gender divide in the area.
If you are interested in a career in technology here are some of the top women in the area, past and present.
Megan Smith was the Chief Technology Officer for the White House when Obama was President. She is passionate about getting more women into technology.
Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer for Facebook. She started with the company in 2007 and is still there now.
This woman is the world’s first computer programmer and saw what the future could hold for computers and programming.
This lady plotted the flight paths for some of NASA’s initial space expeditions. She worked as a mathematician at NASA for 35 years and is featured in the Hollywood film ‘Hidden Figures’.
We hope that many more women go into technology in the future as it is a rewarding and interesting career.