Women represent more than half of the overall workforce, but they hold less than a quarter of technical jobs. We know that women and girls are just as capable and motivated as men to succeed in technology and engineering fields. So what’s holding them back?
It’s a combination of things. Girls are often less encouraged than boys to pursue STEM fields because of social factors that have conditioned them to believe they wouldn’t be good at that. Nationally, there’s been a decline in the percentage of Computer Science degrees earned by women: from 37% in 1984 to less than 12% in 2011. And once women enter technology careers, they are more likely than men to leave them. We think a big part of this has to do with workplace culture and a lack of female mentors and allies. Our High School and Career programming aims to tackle these issues by creating environments where girls and women can thrive.
We are always looking to expand our calendar of ChickTech: Career events. If you are an organization that is interested in partnering with us to create an event for women in your community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!