As a woman in this exciting world of heightened female entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation I was shocked to learn that there is still quite a bit of progress to be made.
Over 5.1 million people work in core technology jobs in the United States, but by the end of 2015 only 25% of those positions were held by females.
Exposure plays a heavy role here - many young women aren't informed of the opportunities that are available to them in an IT career nor are they offered many role models in this industry.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is working to change that. CompTIA is a non-profit trade association that serves as the voice of the information technology industry and has provided more than two million IT certifications. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing growth in the field through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy.
One such program is their new Make Tech Her Story campaign, focused on inspiring tech industry leaders, educators, parents and young women to make the industry more gender inclusive.
Here in the suburbs of Philadelphia, we're no stranger to STEM programs in our schools and extracurricular offerings focusing on the technology industry. The Make Tech Her Story campaign acts as another way to show our young women that they can make a huge impact on the field, that they can be equals to their male counterparts and that if they are passionate about the industry they shouldn't be afraid to seek out educational and professional opportunities.
Through this campaign and site, visitors will have an opportunity to 'meet' an avatar of a modern-day Rosie the Riveter (and create your own avatar!), access career resources and watch interviews featuring young women in an effort to shape the next chapter in the history of women and the IT industry. The website also offers a downloadable e-book (highly recommended) which is both informative and motivating and review statistics, information about getting into the industry and education and how we can make a difference at any level.