Google exec to girls: Tech needs you

July 3, 2013 at 1:16 am 1 comment

Nice letter, nailing the critical issue: The tech industry needs women, not the other way around. We have to figure out how to engage women and under-represented minorities.

Girls of the world, the tech industry is waiting for you. The skills you learn in your math and sciences classes today are the foundation for building technology that will touch nearly every aspect of our lives in the future — your future. If you invest in learning technical skills, soon you won’t just be consuming technology, you’ll be defining it, creating it and sharing it with people all over the world.

The tech industry is growing faster than nearly all other industries today. In fact, computer programming jobs are growing at two times the U.S. national average. And it’s still very early days. Google, for example, is only in its teenage years. The opportunities for a career in technology will only continue to grow as an additional 5 billion people around the world come online.

Yet despite being a ripe career field, the tech industry is losing women. In the United States, according to one report: “young women earned 37% of computer science degrees in 1985; today, the number has plummeted to 18%. Some 22% of software engineers at tech companies are women.” It’s a deficiency we see mirrored around the world.

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  • 1. Geeky Mom/Laura  |  July 3, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I have a new theory about attracting girls to CS. The jobs motivation isn’t enough. Yes, girls think about the money they’ll earn in a career and the fact that careers are available but that’s not why they pursue a field. Becoming a doctor isn’t primarily about earning a good salary; it’s about helping people. We need to focus on the ways besides the job market that we can convince students to pursue CS. It’s creative and fun! It’s about working with people. It’s a key way we’re going to solve problems in health, the environment, business, etc. Without computing, we can’t heal people, solve global warming, etc. I see too many articles touting that people should study CS because hey, there are jobs! and they pay well! Not good enough, I say.


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