In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the gender gap within the technology industry and steps the tech community can make in order to encourage more females to enter the industry. According to the 2015 Women in IT Scorecard published by BCS within the UK only 13% of those employed as programmers or software developers are female and less than 10% of IT directors in the UK are women.
Even huge global tech companies such as Google and Twitter have a gender gap problem. Only 30% of people employed at Google are women, with 18% of those being technical employees. Whilst over at Twitter the number of women working in technology is so low that one of their company goals for 2016 was to increase the number to 16%.
Many feel that the lack of women within the technology is due to the lack of resources available which allow them to explore the possibility of a career within the industry.
In order to change the perception of career within technology for women many initiatives have been formed in order to ensure more young girls are given the opportunity to learn more about technology.
Even female figures in the spotlight are doing what they can to encourage girls to pursue a career within technology. Supermodel Karlie Kloss takes time out of her schedule to attend coding classes at the Flaitron School and recently opened up application for her ‘Kode with Klossy Career Scholarship’ where one applicant a month will gain free access to a 9 month coding class.
Other initiatives include;
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