Girls in Tech
As Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham defends his comments about women being 10 years behind men in tech, the conversation proves that sexism in the field is still a problem.
In honor of the U.N. International Day of the Girl, we wanted to share a video from The Girl Effect that made us get misty-eyed, and responses to it from some accomplished female social entrepreneurs. Get inspired and PASS IT ON!
A senior in CS at Stanford looks into why relatively few girls get interested in her field and finds that the stories we tell about tech are a big part of the problem. So how do we change the narrative? She has a few ideas.
Women engineers entering the field now are definitely in a better support system.
By Sujata Menon (Java Developer, Marqeta)
For a woman in tech today, there are quite a few resources out there to help one advance technically and professionally. This was not the case even 5 years ago. Being the lone woman engineer in an all-male team was the norm for me; and I hardly ever discussed being female or anything related to it. I really did not miss any discussions that were female-centric, and was happy and proud being a techie.
It is no surprise then that four of the major global consumer tech businesses – Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Twitter – have more female customers than male. However, each suffers from a lack of female representation at board level, and this is true throughout the business world.
By Wendy Tan White (Founder & CEO, Moonfruit)
A recent poll from The Telegraph found that while almost a fifth of young women would like to run their own business, just 3% wanted to become a CEO of a company.
In 1987, 42% of software developers in America were women. In the 1990s, those numbers dropped.
By Tracey Welson-Rossman (Founder, TechGirlz)
TechGirlz was born out of curiosity. After spending the first part of my career working with mostly women in both the childcare and healthcare industries, I moved into the information technology consulting space as one of the founding members of Chariot Solutions, a software and mobile development firm. I was shocked to notice the lack of women in my business meetings and even more shocked at the lack of female developer candidates who passed through our doors.
I began to research in order to gain a better understanding of the issue. In the 1960s, computer science was considered women’s work.
By Ellen Lee (Contributing Writer, Intuit Blog)
When it comes to women working in Silicon Valley technology businesses -— particularly women at the helm — the numbers remain painfully small.
Less than 5 percent of tech startups are founded by female entrepreneurs, estimates Shaherose Charania, co-founder and CEO of Women 2.0, an organization that helps foster female tech entrepreneurs.
By Veronika Sonsev (Founder & CEO, InSparq)
The tech industry has traditionally been a boys’ club — women have been under represented as developers, founders and c-level executives. However, thanks to traditional and social media, a network of loosely associated groups (Women 2.0, Change the Ratio, RailsBridge, Girls in Tech, Women in Wireless, etc.) and an army of women driven to change the ratio, we are starting to see some early signs of improvement: