Opportunities for Women in Tech
Written by Brianna Rockenstire on March 17, 2021
Despite the ongoing conversation about the need for more diversity in tech, women continue to be underrepresented in the field and often face an uphill battle for their skills and talents to be recognized. Many women pursuing careers in technology face barriers at every stage of their career development, from earning a degree to landing a job at a company that values their contributions and growth.
Recent statistics show that women hold only a quarter of computing jobs, despite making up about half of the total workforce.
However, there are clear economic and organizational benefits to companies that commit to diversity in their workforce. Data from McKinsey shows that diverse companies can hire and retain better employees and perform better overall.
Here are a couple upcoming events and conferences for women in tech:
- Women in Tech Regatta – April 19-30, 2021 (Virtual)
- ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Womxn) – July 26-30, 2021 (Virtual)
- Women in CyberSecurity conference – September 8-10, 2021
- Grace Hopper Celebration – September 26-29, 2021 (Virtual)
Information Technology faculty at Washington’s community and technical colleges can apply for funding to support their participation in these and other events. Applications are open through April 9, 2021 for conferences taking place in 2021.
Student scholarship opportunities: