It is a fact that women have a very small presence in the technology sector. In Ireland, the proportion of women employed in science, research, engineering and technology is less than 25 per cent, according to the Central Statistics Office. The percentage of those who reach the top – founders, chief executives and chief technology officers – is even lower.
The problem starts in the education system. For some reason girls seem to be less interested in science options than boys. No just in Ireland, in every single country.
Is it culture or is it nature? Recent studies affirm that in this type of matters is all about culture. It all starts when we are very small creatures, when we have just one year or even just a few months. It’s all about roles. As a small children, we observe our parents behaving in their roles: daddy is in charge of fixing everything in the house, mummy is in charge of cooking, daddy speaks about technical staff with his friends, and mummy speaks about feelings and relations with her friends…
Then we grow up and we go to secondary school and we have plenty of roles and stereotypes. The stereotype of IT student is very clear: young white male, with poor social skills and of course plastic frames. Needless to say that this stereotypes are very powerful during the adolescence.
When some brave women decide to study technology, achieve to get a job in the sector and develop a career on it, they find out that they are a very small minority.
We think that is important to combat gender stereotypes and impulse the insertion of women in the sector.
In fact, we are going to participate the Dublin Tech Summit this year which is trying to impulse the presence of women: the tickets for women are 50 % off!!!
We really hope to share knowledge and new ideas in this big event and meet a lot of awesome tech women!