Information technology. Science. Engineering. Math. These are all words that come with a certain expectation of masculinity. A female who goes into engineering is rare, and a woman in a top position in IT tends not to stay long. Does this really matter?
Research shows that a diverse workplace is a successful workplace. According to a recent study by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), gender-balanced companies perform better financially, particularly when women occupy a significant proportion of top management positions. On top of that, diverse organizations and departments produce work teams that stay on schedule, perform under the budget, and demonstrate improved employee performance.
If this really is the case, then why are there so few women going into IT careers?
Tammy Mainwaring, Chief Operating Officer at IT-oLogy and Director of Women in Information Technology, Science, and Engineering (WISE), speaks with us about the main deterrents to women in computing careers and how our community, right here in the capital city, can work to encourage women in all walks of life to check out these opportunities.
Looking for more information?
Check out IT-oLogy for more information about how to get your child involved in computing and technology: www.IT-oLogy.org.
To check out events geared toward girls in tech, check out IT-oLogy's events page: www.IT-oLogy.org/events.
As mentioned in the podcast, there are also many women's support groups, which can be found on Facebook or Meetup, including WISE, Columbia Women in Tech, Women in Computing @USC, and Cyber Saturday events.