It’s easy to fall back on stereotypes. When shown statistic after statistic after statistic showing that the tech sector is dominated by men, it’s easy to dismiss the numbers by saying: “men are better than women at computer stuff”. But could it be exactly such attitudes that are holding women back?
At primary and secondary school, girls tend to outperform boys in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) subjects. So, it’s wrong to suggest that men somehow have a biological aptitude for technical subjects. Yet men dominate the science, engineering, and tech sectors.
Last year, we partnered with Google for this event in Brussels about women in the technology sector. We asked some of your questions to participants and speakers, seeing what they thought were the best ways to encourage greater diversity in the digital sector.
We had a question from Louise, who asked how we can change the idea that some jobs are for men while others are for women.
To get a response, we put her question to Sarah Cruddas, a prominent Space Journalist (which is, without doubt, the single best job title we’ve ever had on Debating Europe). How would she respond?
For a different perspective, we put the same question to Sofía Benjumea, Head of Google’s Campus Madrid; an event and location space dedicated to encouraging tech entrepreneurs (including female entrepreneurs), and to fostering a local community between them:
Does the tech industry have a problem with women? How can we change the idea that some jobs are for men while others are for women? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!