Women in Technology:
In 1942, in the mid of World War II, the actress Hedy Lamarr patented under the name of “Secret communication system,” the invention that would give rise to the Wi fi that we all use today. However, in 1945, Joan Elisabeth Lowther worked with Alain Turing’s mathematical team and helped decipher the Enigma Code. In 1965, religious Mary Kenneth Keller was the first to obtain a doctorate in computer science in the United States. She was a co-developer of the Basic software design language and one of the founders of the Ascue association to promote the use of computers in the school classroom.
According to UNESCO, 30% of professionals working in technology today are women. If, despite being a minority, Laman, Mother, and Keller, to name a few, could invent Wi fi, decipher codes that won a war, or create the programming language, can you imagine what would happen if there were more of us?
If there is one area in which gender stereotypes have negatively affected women’s participation, it is in science and technology. According to data from the Chilean Suggestion of Information Technology Companies, female participation in IT is 5%. In contrast, in the United States, where female participation is still low, women represent close to 20%.
Although the discussion has focused on universities and workspaces for the development of women. However, in this area the turning point occurs in the first years of life. During the first school stage, boys and girls declare that their favorite branches are physical education and mathematics. However, girls’ interest in mathematics decreases as they advance in their school education. According to Demre data, only one in five young people who apply to higher education in our country. Therefore, they choose careers linked to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
While we are not so dramatically excluded from science and technology today, only 30% of women’s jobs in the industry are teaching. In this scenario, thousands of professionals worldwide and I develop every day, and we have witnessed the efforts and setbacks that have marked the path towards an ideal of equality. It is not just a claim. It is an urgent issue facing the moment we are living, in which the advancement of technology requires a mixed view.
Information about Technology:
The science and technology industry must remain transformed based on equity urgently. Being a minority in itself is not the problem. The problem occurs when a minority means that a woman receives lower pay when doing the same job as a man. Moreover, questions about her motherhood, devaluation of her professional opinion, and even workplace harassment.
To the preceding are added little encouraging figures. According to the most current version of the Total Remuneration Survey 2020 by the consulting firm Mercer. The participation of men in first-level positions is 93% compared to 7% of women. I am the Director of Human Capital of a technology company. I am part of that low and unfair 7%, and I should narrow the gaps. However, because of the greater incorporation of women into this industry. And also, it is not just an issue of equity, but also an essential requirement to be able to attract the best talents, where about half of us should be women.
In times of contingency, the vision of the future and the creation of innovation must have a diverse perspective. Feminist activist Kelley Temple puts it this way: “Men who want to be feminists don’t need to have room in feminism. They need to take the space they already have and make it feminist”.
If we want more women complex in this ever-growing field, we must reinforce interest in these subjects during early education. Start by teaching them as children that science and technology are something exciting and fun. The call is for everyone to take our space and turn it into an area of equity.