Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Keeping women interested in STEM

Many people are attracted to technology because they can develop innovations and of course, make money. But most of these people are men.

Susan Galer, from SAP, writes about this in Forbes.

Women, she says, earn only 18% of the undergrad degrees and fewer than 4% of the doctorates in computer science and engineering.

In 2015--women held only a quarter of jobs in technology fields.

Rathna Kedilava, head of SAP financial services, was quoted as saying this was surprising--because women pioneered computer programming. Women need to believe they can achieve great things, she says.

Sarah Allen, founder and program director of Bridge Foundry, said 2/3 of women leave technology with a few years of getting a computer science degree. She says the work environments are "difficult." Misogyny is pretty well known in the big technology areas, such as Silicon Valley. The Old Boys and all that stuff.

Startups, Allen says, should push diversity from day one.

Nicole McCabe, senior director of global diversity and inclusion at SAP, says we need to quit saying "the first woman" or "for a woman." Focus on the achievement.

I once edited a book on women in technology--this was 30 years ago. More women were coming in, it said hopefully--we don't want this to always be the prediction of the future, do we?

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