Diversity as the driving force

Unfortunately, this is not a trend value in the labour market nowadays. Only 20% of organizations, to which we are proud to belong, are very committed to hiring and promoting women in technology positions.

According to the World Economic Forum, until the year 2133 the gender gap in the ICT sector will not be solved. Today, although women are the world leaders in the use of technology or in the downloading of Apps, only 1 out of 10 developers are women and only 1 in 4 workers in the IT area is a woman. Moreover, the salary gaps are one of the main challenges to deal with in this field. 43% of women say that their male colleagues earn more for basically no reason.

What is the cause of this considerable inequality?

The main obstacles experienced by women approaching to technology are the lack of mentors, the lack of female models in this sector, gender bias at the workplace, inequality in growth opportunities or unequal unemployment for the same skills. To all these factors, we must add the failure of educational institutions in encouraging girls to pursue a career in technology.

Equality is needed in the media, in the general press and on television as experts, as journalists or simply as news. There is an under-representation that leads girls to think that they have some limits and lack of opportunities, attitudes and capacity. Apart from the society, investors are guilty too in this process. Several universities in the USA conducted an experiment in which the same technological project, one developed by men and the other by women, was presented to some investors. The result was that 68% of investors chose for the male option, compared to 32% who opted for the one presented by women.

At Brintia we understand the current female situation in the technology sector and for this reason we trust on women even more and we keep on growing our team regardless of the gender bias. We have mentioned before the importance of examples, so we want to close this article making reference to some of the most important women in the history of technology:

  • Ada Lovelage, the creator of the first algorithm destined to be processed by a machine. She deducted and predicted the ability of computers to go beyond the simple number calculations.
  • The women of Eniac, six mathematicians in charge of designing and programming the software that allowed Eniac to calculate ballistic trajectories.
  • Grace Hopper, the woman who developed the first compiler ever. In 1957 she also made the first compiler for data processing which works by giving English commands.
  • Susan Kare, artist and graphic designer who created many components for the Apple Macintosh interface in the 1980s. Her most recognized work for that time, while she was working at Apple, are the Chicago typography and the command key symbol.
  • Carol Shaw, American engineer and computer scientist known as the first female video game designer. She developed games for ATARI and ACTIVATION.