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Closing the gender gap: International Women's Day 2018

8 March, 2018
Mary Hunter

Business Unit Manager - United Kingdom

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Closing the gender gap: International Women's Day 2018

On International Women’s Day, there is a lot of attention paid to the gender gap - highlighting areas where women should be better represented – but not enough celebrating the successes and changes across industries over the years.

In a recent report, Girls Who Code found that 74% of young girls express an interest in STEM and computer science – which shows that STEM initiatives across the globe are making an impact.

CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani said:

“What we’re doing is working. When you teach girls to code or get them involved in STEM, they become change agents and can build apps, programs and movements to help tackle our country’s toughest problems. We’re building a movement of women in STEM, hopefully enough women to really flood the gates.”

Women technologists are increasingly joining forces to support each other and unlock new opportunities in the technology industry, which includes initiatives such as ‘Women in Tech’ by Microsoft and ‘Lean In’ spearheaded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

The desire to increase the interest amongst young women in technology is even reaching the next generation with ‘celebrity’ young women using their status to promote the sector.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss and her ‘Kode with Klossy’ initiative is one example of this. It helps girls aged 13 to 18 to ‘fall in love with code’ by awarding them summer camp scholarships, which introduces them to software engineering and the programming languages behind apps like Twitter.  

Young women, like Karlie Kloss, from all around the world are banding together and using technology to shatter the glass ceiling.

The technology industry is a diverse field that offers those working within it opportunities to be creative, innovative and some truly unique work. It is such an exciting time to be part of this landscape, with new technologies hitting the market, new roles are being created and evolving to suit the industry. A career path in technology can take you down many roads – some that may not be defined yet.

For motivated individuals, like young women who are just entering the workforce, a fast paced and forward-looking sector is incredibly attractive.

Many aspects of the technology industry are more inclusive than ever before, but each of us can still play a part in its continuous improvement. Whether you are able to donate to great organisations, promote the benefits of STEM careers to young women or develop company policies for inclusive recruiting and flexible working, each of us can contribute something to help close the gender gap.

As part of Microsoft Dynamics communities, we are proud to be sponsoring the Women in Technology Luncheon at Summit EMEA Dublin on 26th April, which helps women in technology to come together for learning and networking opportunities to further themselves in both their lives and careers. Find out more about Summit EMEA Dublin here.

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Managing Director, Columbus UK