To celebrate the “Day of the Girl,” Intivix launched a project that encourages girls to invest their talents in the field of technology. We are a proud sponsor of Girls in Tech where we provided an opportunity for five girls to attend the Tech Bootcamp. These young women will now have the ability to develop an interest in tech. We hope to encourage them and others to work towards careers in technology and science.
According to Rob Schenk, Partner at Intivix: “If we’re not inclusive of girls in technology we’re simply wasting opportunities–for their achievement and success, as well as much-needed contributions to innovations in tech. It’s important that we give girls the tools they need at an early age so that they can develop their skills and interests in the field and find something they’re good at and love to do.”
Girls in Tech is a global non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of women in technology. Founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne, the organization has grown from one chapter in San Francisco to more than 50 chapters located in North America, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, Africa, and South America.
The Girls in Tech Bootcamp works to help young women attain goals in:
- Confidence Building
- Product Development
Through the Tech Bootcamp they learn leadership techniques, coding, product development and other skills that are useful not only in tech but everyday life. They develop these skills through education and personal encouragement. It’s important to include women and girls in technology fields. Without this opportunity and encouragement, it’s unlikely that girls will develop the skills required of the tech industry.
The Importance of Women in Tech and Why They Should be Encouraged
Unfortunately, around the world on an average day, 130 million girls don’t attend school or strive to gain a higher education. For those who do and move on to higher education most don’t go into the fields of technology and science.
The varying reasons for this gap are women not being allowed to attend school due to having children, taking care of family members or how their role is viewed in the society they live in.
For those who do move on the higher education most don’t seek degrees in science or technology. According to a study from the National Center for Educations Statistics, four of the ten most popular master’s degrees achieved by men in 2011-12 were technology focused. For women, there were none.
The statistics of female to male education around the world show a staggering difference in the levels of education each gender receives. As Girls in Tech CEO and founder, Adriana Gascoigne says:
“Women need support…We [women] have to work ten times harder to achieve the same as our male counter parts at times…”Our goal is for more women to be seen in leadership roles and become involved in venture capital.”
Since 1991, the number of women in computing roles has been declining–at its peak it was just 36%. Furthermore, women who are 25 or younger often earn 29% less than men who are doing the same work. This gap is due to dissimilar views of women and men in tech fields, as well as a different standard for each gender. These views and standards are the result of many years without women in the tech industry, as well as a society that doesn’t like change.
What is most shocking is that 74% of young girls express an interest in STEM fields. With women holding only 25% of computing jobs, it’s apparent the interest in tech drops as they grow. These women are deterred, most likely, after entering a tech field. Many women who work in technology face sexism and the doubt that they’ll be as competent in their jobs as their male counterparts. As a result, the quit rate for women in tech is 41%, compared to 17% for men.
There is much we miss out on when nearly an entire gender is excluded from an area of study. Research shows that women-led companies are three times more effective in what they do. So why are they not being equally included?
What’s important to understand is how this problem can be fixed, and young girls can be encouraged to pursue academic studies and careers in technology fields. It’s most important that they have the choice and the ability to follow their desired areas of study and achieve their goals. Encouragement must come from teachers, parents and the tech industry. By working to include more girls in tech, we can overcome the gender gap, and accomplish more advancements in technology.
Helping hands and praise from IT experts like those at Intivix make all the difference. You can make a difference too. Consider contributing to the Day of the Girl in Tech by clicking here!
For more information on how Intivix is helping women in tech, please visit www.intivix.com or call (415) 543-1033.