Posted by: Andrea Day | October 1, 2011

The search for @Girl_Geeks #ewtech

According to the Girl Geeks website and e-skills UK, the imbalance between male and female workers in some tech areas is getting worse rather than better;

“…only 18% of IT & Telecoms professionals are female, down from 22% in 2001. Likewise female representation within the IT & Telecoms industry as a whole is also on the decline, down from 27% in 2001 to 25% by the second quarter of this year.”

This makes me sad.

Thinking back to my uni course (BSc Music Technology), there were only 3 gals in the group, and on the electronics and programming modules, even less.  I graduated in 2003 and I didn’t think that we would ever go backwards from there.

However, if you are out there (and I KNOW you are) then perhaps you should consider the Everywoman Technology Awards.

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The everywoman in Technology Awards are free to enter and the 2012 categories include:

  • Rising Star – awarded to a woman under 26 who is excelling in her technology career and is the one to watch.
  • Team Leader (in an SME with under 500 employees) – awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.
  • Leader (in a corporate organisation with over 500 employees) – awarded to a women operating in a senior management position making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business.
  • Innovator  awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching or implementing technology in an unconventional and innovative way.
  • Entrepreneur – awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others.
  • Inspiration – awarded to an individual (male or female) for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing or championing the progress of women working in technology.

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 There is more info on the Everywoman  website.

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