In line with our celebrations for International Women’s Day this week, today we are taking a look at the fantastic women working in IT.
The technology industry has always been dominated by males, as demonstrated by Weploy, 2019, statistics which highlight that only 24% of Australian STEM graduates are women, and only 28% of the tech workforce are women.
In the spirit of celebrating, we'd love to honour and share stories from a few Women in Tech who have paved the way for us today.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), whose scientific mind allowed her to describe an algorithm designed for an early version of a computer, dubbing her as the world’s first female coder.
Reshma Saujan, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code who founded Girls Who Code to increase the number of women working in the computer science field.
Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, stated that "Tech is an incredible force that will change our world in ways we can't anticipate. If that force is only 20-30% women, that is a problem."
Katie Moussouris developed a love for hacking when she was younger and has used her skills for good, influencing Government and large organisations, such as Microsoft, to develop their security protocols.
Whitney Wolfe Herd, the co-founder of Bumble and Badoo, was named the youngest self-made woman billionaire in February 2021.
Leanne Kemp, a multi-talented award-winning engineer, technologist and pioneer in emerging tech. She has worked with United Nations, OECD, World Economic Forum, Global Blockchain Business Council, World Trade Board, and the IBM Blockchain Board of Advisors, whilst also being an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology.
These are just a few of the incredible #womenintech who are working to close the gap and inspire younger generations to come.
Our society still has a long way to go; the gender pay gap still exists. Women still earn 87% of what men do. This is amongst the employment gap (25% of IT employees are women), degree gap (women earning 19% of computer science degrees at a Bachelors level in 2016), retention gap (24% of women with an engineering degree work in engineering), workplace culture gap (78% of women experiencing gender discrimination at work), and the leadership gap (24% in leadership positions).
This week we tuned into the Hon. Julia Gilliard's keynote speech for the LEAP Legal IWD event. She advised that we “Take the spirit of IWD into your workplace every day".
Let’s all work together so that when we see more #womenintech this time next year, our entire society reaps the benefits.