I’ve never thought of myself as a Female Engineer, OR Founder, OR A Woman In Tech. I just think of myself as someone who’s PASSIONATE!
The female future of tech is in our hands
Women may hold up half the sky, as per the Chinese proverb, and they account for half of all tech users, but they remain severely underrepresented in the worlds of technology and entrepreneurship.
This is unsustainable and unacceptable. It harms technological development, holding back societal and economic progress.
I am a BIG believer that girls and young women should absolutely be encouraged to code if they are interested in computer science. But before we prescribe such a specific level of skill development, it’s all of our responsibility – as parents, teachers, friends and role models – to first make sure that they understand the constellation of opportunity that awaits them.
To help girls and young women imagine themselves in these tech careers, we need to show them examples of successful women in these roles. There’s still a gender gap, yes, but there are women leading their fields in every tech-related category.
You have to be fearless,” Titolo says. “There are going to be people who don’t like the way you do something or don’t like you for any particular reason. Don’t let the fear of that hold you back—there’s so much potential out there.”
My goal is to shine a spotlight on career paths in tech that I worry many girls aren’t learning about at home or in school. The fact is that most of these opportunities don’t require candidates to know how to code. I want our girls and young women to see tech as a playing field for their passions. Before we get down to nurturing specific skill development, our first job is to open their eyes to the possibilities.
I don’t want to be telling my daughter in 10 years’ time that she will have to wait another 25 years before she is considered equal. And I also don’t want to be telling her that ‘It’s a Man’s World’. I would far rather be saying we’re ‘All Together Now’.
The emotional roller coaster of running a tech company is a challenge, one that I handle differently from my male counterparts. Again this is just self-perception; other women may have different experiences. Naturally, I push myself hard: I’m responsible for other people’s money.
We must inspire more women to launch technology-focused businesses, raising the profile of female entrepreneurs. Then younger girls may view technology as an attractive career option, with more women drawn into early stage investment.
We need more girls interested in technology. We want girls to know that they are just as smart as boys and they can succeed in these careers too!
We want to see more women in technology industries, now and in the future. We need more female coders to meet demands. We want to inspire and encourage more women to get interested in technology and make a career in the industry.
When one woman helps another, amazing things can happen!!
The female Mark Zuckerberg is out there, and it’s within our power to make sure she follows her dream.
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