3rd June, 2014
The Lack of Gender Diversity in Computer Science
Google recently released a new Workforce Demographics Report. The company has a 3:7 female to male ratio overall, and a 1:4 female to male ratio in leadership positions. Reading this report got me thinking, why are their so few woman in the tech industry? I thought about this over the past few days, and determined it is because the lack of female coding role models.
Think about it. If you were asked to name the first person you could think of in the tech industry, I bet you would say Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg. No woman comes to mind. Honestly, I can’t think of a well-known modern day woman in the tech industry. With no modern day female tech role model, is it really likely for many young girls to be interested in the tech industry? Not really.
Think about it. If woman in the tech industry were to be portrayed in the same light as actresses and singers, I bet more girls would grow up saying, “I want to code for Google.” Who do girls look up to? Growing up, I loved and adored Shania Twain. Nowadays, girls look up to Taylor Swift, or Katy Perry. Imagine if their was a female face of technology. There is no doubt about it that the male to female ratio in tech companies would level out.
I know that what I’m saying can be controversial. But I do believe that if people could see that not everyone in the tech industry is the stereotypical nerdy white male, maybe, just maybe, more girls would be interested in coding. Normal girls, with interests in fashion and beauty, code too. Sure, there are not many girls, like myself, in the tech industry now; it is bound to change.
Here’s my mission:
Since there aren’t many modern day females known for coding, I thought I could be one. For this reason, I have started making Youtube videos talking about both beauty/fashion and tech stuff. One day, I hope to have one of those leadership positions at Google. That is my dream. I hope I can use my leadership position, and inspire girls of tomorrow.