Removing The Tech Gender Gap: We Need Women Techies

Removing The Tech Gender Gap We Need Women TechiesThat a gender gap exists in tech is an undeniable fact, though not a new revelation. Groups such as Girls Who Code and Women Who Code have made efforts to draw awareness to this issue, sharing research proving the number of women graduating from college with computer science degrees has dropped from 37 percent in 1984 to 18 percent today, along with other startling findings.

But an underlying question, the big “so what?” remains largely unanswered. As a result, many in tech are left wondering whether the hot-button issue has received more hype than it is worth.

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IT Finds its Feminine Side

It’s no secret that IT is experiencing a shortage of talented professionals for hire.Feminine IT  Partially to blame is the fact that up until lately, the majority of the female half of the population wasn’t even considering an IT profession.  But now, in this traditionally male-driven industry where the vast majority of funded tech start-ups are run by men, women are finally making their mark.

In Minnesota, women are working together to start their own IT businesses and help each other succeed.  The Minnesota High Tech Association, (MHTA), recently started a new program to support women driving, leading and enabling business through technology called Women Leading in Technology, (WLiT). WLiT offers women the opportunity to network with others in the industry and provides learning opportunities for future growth.  The CEO of the MHTA, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, is a participant in the group and will partake in the upcoming September 12th WLiT Roundtable event, helping women diversify their connections and learn more about the industry.

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