The gender equality road has been long; brave women have challenged political, religious, and institutional systems over the years. They have opened the path to equal rights in gender and the LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) communities and women minorities.
We are witnessing how professional fields, such as science, technology, engineering, finance, and business management, resist hiring women in high-level positions (C-Level). In sectors that are fundamentally supported by technology, male participation is usually greater than females. Hierarchical roles and income levels distribution is clearly related to participants’ gender.
Indicators are illustrative:
The Fortune 500 index: Women lead only 5% of more prominent corporations, and 3% reach these technology sector companies’ positions.
According to the World Economic Forum, just 24% of jobs in the worldwide technology sector are occupied by women.
It’s discouraging data. There is a marked difference between men and women when comparing them in technology jobs access, and the main reason looks like girls are not as motivated as boys to study STEM and IT careers.
Apparently, reason has to do with childhood influences. Girls are influenced by their parents and groups of friends to prefer subjects and disciplines closer to «female interests,» discarding those related to sciences and technologies.
A situation like this is undesirable and does not help the inclusion of women in the GIG economy and the new forms of telework, both irreversible circumstances. And that is why it is necessary to reverse the gender gap.
Understanding this, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2017 has developed a conference program entitled Women4Tech, trying to sensitize young women and bring them closer to technology issues.
In the USA, the non-profit organization Girls Who Code also works within this same trend, which aims to motivate young women to join the IT sector. They seek to connect through workshops, conferences, and activities programmed for students by passionate professionals in web architecture, software development, big data, gaming industry, etc.
There is another prominent NPO with a presence in 64 countries called the Girls in Tech. They conduct events and training programs to increase the technical capacity of women and strengthen their entrepreneurial will. They aim to encourage women to innovate and leave a mark on the IT industry.
These are all efforts to reduce the labor gap between the genders, and «making women fall in love with new IT technologies.» It is sure that in the coming years, this gender gap will disappear, and the digital work is soon going to be valued without gender distinction.
A claim for gender equality, which we hope will soon be history and projected to other human groups today as a loss to the IT industry (for reasons like ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, or particular physical difficulties).
An increase in remote work opportunities provides personal growth and inclusion in tomorrow’s digital society, the one proposed by the UN for 2030 as the society of sustainable development.
Julio Juárez Soriano, Writing Specialist
Ritika Bhanushali, Marketing Assistant