Women Who Code: Tackling the Tech World
Edinburgh event hopes to spawn a global movement that inspires more women to enter the tech industry
Male-dominated work environments put women off joining the technological industry, according to new research by PwC Technology.
The accountancy firm is launching a new research project aiming to answer questions as to why so little women take up technological-based subjects within study and careers.
The PwC website states: “Over a quarter of female students say that they’ve been put off a career in technology as it’s too male dominated.”
The research also illustrates the pay gap between genders in the technology industry, a foundational issue that carries through the lives of women and girls.
The cause of such low interest in tech sector work has been the topic of wide debate. However, many employees within the tech industry attribute it to the predominantly male working environment.
Technology and Investment Leader at PwC, Sheridan Ash stated: “We have to celebrate our abilities. We must stop beating ourselves up through lack of confidence or pretend to be confident even if we are not.”
Women’s fears of inferiority or weakness compared to their male counterparts is an issue both in and out of the workplace. It has become the driving focus behind those who aim to tackle it, particularly through events designed to get more women interested in technologically focused work.
On Tuesday March 7th, Maria Gutierrez, Ceri Shaw and Lea Savage hosted ‘Women Who Code’ in Edinburgh.
Backing up PwC’s claims, these tech leaders opened the event with statistics suggesting just 17% of working women hold tech based jobs, while 56% of those women leave their jobs mid-career.
The Women Who Code event attracted a number of women of different ages, ethnicities and abilities. Acting as a safe space and forum for discussion and learning, the night began with a network session, which eventually gave way to talks from the founders and information on how women can further development in the field.
Maria, who has worked in the industry for 17 years, has studied, worked and grown through her career in technology and now aspires to coach and support other women and their ambitions.
Her aim is “to provide women with an avenue for technology…inspiring women to excel.”
Women Who Code allows women to not only speak freely and confidently about their passion, but also combat difficulties they’ve experienced in their field.
Monthly meet-ups will be taking place at different tech companies across Edinburgh, providing support and offices to the organisation. Establishing 80,000 members across 60 different cities, “Women Who Code” hopes to make their mark in the technological world.
For more information about Women Who Code or to find out when further meet-ups will take place see: womenwhocode.com.