Altruism can play a role in making science, technology, engineering and mathematics more accessible to women.
Anne-Marie Imafidon, assistant vice-president at Deutsche Bank and founder of Stemettes, an organization to inspire girls to pursue careers in STEM areas, points out that, besides creativity, it is key to show women they are able to solve problems by using technology.
Imafidon says women can be great problem-solvers when empowered by STEM knowledge.
To make her point, the executive mentions initiatives such as the group of four girls in Nigeria that created a machine to convert urine into electricity and the three Irish girls who developed a project to tackle the global food crisis.
Listen to the Stemettes’ founder talking about the topic:
When asked why the tech industry should be aware of the gender gap, she says that all industries would benefit from having a more diverse workforce.
“We have big problems. And no offense, while the guys are chasing billions by making apps, you have to have someone who is actually using the great technology that we have to solve the problems we have, whether they are hunger, illiteracy or infrastructure.”
Listen to her talking about gender equality here:
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Featured image: Nigeria girls that created a machine to convert urine into electricity. Credit to Erik Hersman