As the ongoing gender gap continues to widen in the tech industry, CBR lists the best initiatives for women in tech in an aim to close the gap.
Technology is an ever-growing industry, and as grows so does people’s interest in it.
Technology is typically gender neutral, but unfortunately it is a sector that is dogged by significant gender inequality when it comes to both pay and the representation of women.
Now, let’s not go with the judgement that women may not be as interested in technology as men are because they are, but for many years (even until now) there just has not been enough done to encourage women to help stand against the on-going skills gap and deliver where their passions lie.
Studies have proven that girls, within the UK, become interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects before the age of 11, but due to lack of engagement and encouragement in schools the interest begins to fall as many begin to feel it is an industry created just for men.
However, in plans to change the situation of the skills gap in tech jobs and encourage more women to get more involved, different initiatives have been set up which are noticeably helping to improve the state of tech.
For females interested in tech, here CBR lists the best initiatives for women in tech to get you started.
Global management consulting and professional services company, Accenture, has for many years been committed to helping women pursue their career in business and technology.
By striving to create a diverse workplace, Accenture has created numerous programs in order to support women.
This ranges from mentoring programs and a women’s network, which the company started in 2012 to connect women working at Accenture to help them define their own vision of success.
The company has also observed International Women’s Day since 2001, and has provided opportunities for women around the world to have conversations about how they achieved their professional and personal goals while defining success in order to inspire others.
Forums and employee resource groups are also offered as part of Accenture’s selection of initiatives for women in tech.
Accenture has been committed to delivering training and development programs in an aim to pay close attention to gender diversity and equality in the workplace.
Salesforce, one of the most pioneering technology companies supporting diversity, has established many initiatives in plans to tackle the struggle women in tech may face with bias, and the pay and gender skills gap.
In 2015, the company was listed as one of the top 13 companies for women technologists, honouring the rate of hiring, representation and the advancement of female technologists.
Salesforce has a women in tech group, which in support of diversity, welcomes both men and women to host and volunteer as speakers at events.
The company is also a driver for building the next generation of women in tech, which it believes requires more young girls to go into STEM subjects.
Female employees of Salesforce such as Yasoja Seneviratne and Leah McGowan-Hare teach coding to young girls with different groups and the company’s women in tech group also host TechBridge Girls and Code.org.
Salesforce has also embraced International Women’s Day, and by doing so this year the UK Company invited a group of students to visit its London headquarters for a workshop with Salesforce staff.
Also driving global diversity and inclusion is Microsoft. The company offers one of the largest employee resource groups. Its aim is to develop and support female employees at Microsoft with opportunities such as global conferences, networking events and mentoring.
The Women at Microsoft initiative reaches over 55,000 people around the world, distributed through locally led women’s employee networks and the company offers an annual Global Women’s Conference which is accessible via global hubs in 32 countries worldwide.
As a community, Microsoft women volunteer at its DigiGirlz program to introduce young girls to the available career opportunities in technology.
It also has sponsorships and partnerships with global organisations in support of providing for women in tech.
The Employee Resource Group itself is also involved in different career-related initiatives that drive diversity, employee development and information sharing and connection.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a non-profit organisation that is driven to support the increase in the number of women in computer science and tech-related careers.
The organisation has driven this aim since its launch in 2012 and since then has enabled tech companies to get involved. Companies such as General Electric, Twitter, Google and Ebay joined the Girls Who Code initiative in hope of increasing the number of young women who become programmers and engineers.
Girls Who Code has also partnered with Accenture to work on the future of tech, as well as Dell Technologies, who partnered with the organisation to support after-school programs for young girls.
The organisation is also partnered with a wide selection of other companies in support of similar perspectives.