Tackling the gender gap in the tech industry starts at school
The gender disparity in the tech industry starts earlier than people might think.
When looking to figures about the industry, it is not only that employers aren’t hiring women: girls are reluctant in choosing degrees in fields such as computer science and engineering.
The latest figures on women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the UK show that only 13% of all STEM jobs in the UK are occupied by women, according to a study by the Wise Campaign.
“Technology is so much about innovation, about how you apply skills to make things better. And women’s creativity and mindset, which is focused on solving problems, are not being considered technology,” says Torie Chilcott, CEO and co-founder of Rockabox Studios.
Chilcott believes that to get more women to the STEM areas it is necessary to emphasize the creative aspect of these areas.
“Creativity is not being taught at schools as an skill and the STEM areas are not being presented in an appealing way.
“It is necessary to stop the vertical subjects and start focusing on problem solving,” she says.
Watch Chilcott, winner of the “Woman of the Year” at the everywoman in Technology Awards 2014, talking about gender gap in the tech industry.
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