According to a World Economic Forum report, only 23% tech workers are female
Let’s start from the numbers. In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, there is still a significant gender gap in tech professionals, especially Ai experts. According to a World Economic Forum report, only 23% are female resulting with a yet to be closed gender gap of 70%. 8th March marks International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. That’s why it’s the perfect occasion to remind that there are few women in tech and to underline that this is not a women’s issue but a global one. There are many reasons why the percentage of tech sector roles occupied by women is far less than their male counterparts. Among the factors we can mention the lack of education of girls and the gender discrimination. Aside from pay gaps, there’s a big gap in terms of how many female IT professionals tech companies are hiring: women make up less than 20 percent of Us tech jobs and in the Uk 15%. And things are not better if we analyse the startup sector. Fortune found (https://bit.ly/2FyFOhX) “that only 2,7% of venture-capital funded tech startups are run by female Ceos”. In Italy women are the majority only in the 13% startups according to government data.
But all is not lost. Lots of associations, companies and universities are working to change things. ‘Inspiring 50’ is one of them. “If she can see it, she can be it” always says Janneke Niessen, co-founder of Inspiring Fifty. A movement to help acknowledge those who have pushed the boundaries of the industry and are helping to strengthen workforces by creating more inclusive environments. In order to do that the association every year selects and rewards 50 excellent women for their work in tech and science industry. A way to offer different role models to young girls. Last year 50 Italian professional were selected. Researchers, lawyers, engineers, startuppers and scientists such as Marilù Capparelli, managing director of Google Legal Department in the EMEA area, and Viviana Acquaviva, an astrophysicist who is currently an associate professor in the Physics Department at the CUNY NYC College of Technology. Also Valeria Cagnina, born in 2001 and co-founder and mentor of Robotics School, and Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The message is clear: we need to talk more about women in tech in order to change the culture of an entire industry and push more girls to study Stem which means engineering, maths, physics, coding, robotics. In other words: rise a new generation of women madly in love with technology. As a forward-thinking and innovative sector in fact it’s important for the tech industry to continue creating opportunities where women not only enter the industry, but break the gender ‘norms’ to lead. Finally.