Technology is the application of scientific knowledge, techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods and /or services in other to accomplish certain objectives, such as an investigation or research. This definition seems really simple and easy to understand, but in a real sense it is has been a bone of contention to so many people in our world today, especially amongst women.
You know! Since technology is known to be the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industries, where the use of industrial machineries and equipment are very necessary every now and then, some women may think that the Tech Industry isn’t meant for them but for their opposite gender. Of course this is so because of the whole idea of the woman being the “weaker vessel”.
From this definition of technology, there is really no specification as to whom this practice should be for or not. Hence, as a woman you can practice technology or better put, you can get involved in the Tech World, as technology is a practical science which makes it stand out.
According to research, 25% of the computing workforce was female in 2015. This compares to approximately 17% of computer science and information sciences bachelor’s degree recipients who were women in 2014. The discrepancy lies in a surprising change in the past 20 years. In 1985, there was, in fact, more than double that percentage of women who received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (37%). In other words, in a period where the total interest of college students in computer science has grown dramatically, the percentage of women studying the field has more than halved. This could therefore mean that there is a place for women in the tech Industry and there is also room for more and better growth, which can cut across so many sectors of technology.
Some women who are already standing out in various sectors of the Tech Industry are the likes of : Manal Al Sharif an Australian in the Digital Advocacy Sector, Jasmine Anteunis a French woman who focuses in Artificial Intelligence, Chantell Bell a British in the Bio Technology Sector, Elina Berglud an American in Consumer Technology, Amy Jadesimi a Nigerian in the Energy Sector, Monique Morrow, who is from Switzerland focuses, Funke Opeke a Nigerian in Information Technology, Jean Liu a Chinese also who focuses in Information Technology, Neha Narkhede an American who focuses in Enterprise Technology, Katie Moussouris who is also an American that is in the Cyber Security Sector, to mention but a few.
These women are just very few women from the really long list of Women in Tech who have been practicing and have really gone a long way. Now, don’t you already have the mindset of being part of these women to help better the Tech World? As for me, I am very interested and I am already building myself in the Information and Media Technology Sector which I am not regretting. I think you should try building yourself in any technology sector you may seem interested in and together, we will make up the growing number of the percentage of Women in the Technology Industry.