This is a stupendously awesome commercial from a toy company called GoldieBlox, which has developed a set of interactive books and games to “disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.”
Women have been making positive strides in the technology sector but they are still in the minority when compared to their male counterparts. A new infographic takes a look at the successes and challenges of women in tech.
Conjure up an image of the typical software engineer. Maybe they’re a “geek”, with a stack of sci-fi novels by the bedside. Perhaps they have an addiction to the video game series Halo. I’ll bet they’re also a man.
Maintaining support and the ability to keep women and girls in STEM fields is equally as important as getting a "foot in the door." How do we do this? I'll reiterate again, that mentorship is an amazing gateway to support and success.
While women have made gains in many other professions, they are still quite under-represented in engineering and computing. Jane Prey of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors is working to change that.
For 15-year-old Julia Geist, life was anything but easy. Her large family struggled to make ends meet while her father worked two jobs. But then Julia discovered computer coding - and things started looking up.
An Irish teenager who challenged technology innovators during Girls in ICT Day 2012 to build a robot to help her cope with a rare form of disability has received a €50,000 donation from the United Nations.
The goal is to move the needle of young girls pursuing STEM degrees, staying in the workforce and understanding that women and men in STEM careers that have carved out their place again have custom-built great fulfilling jobs.
Kimberly Bryant, bioengineer-cum-tech-evangelist, is the founder of Black Girls Code, a blossoming movement to empower young women -- specifically, young women of color -- to embrace careers across the digital divide.
It is not every day that Verizon’s senior leaders are given the opportunity to learn new ideas from high school students. However, last week, a group of Verizon’s women executives found themselves being inspired by the insights of two young women with a strong desire to contribute to the technology industry in bright new ways.
“This is a workforce issue. We need the best minds and skills to fill rapidly growing workforce demands in information technology and engineering. But it’s also about fairness. There is an abundance of good jobs in these fields. We should not be leaving out half of the talent pool.”
It's a glaring fact that African women are not as much involved in the tech space as much as their male counterparts. In this #VimTechList, I'd like to recognize some African women who are doing a lot to drum up interest in technology locally and elsewhere on the continent.