Too often women say they struggle to find relevant role models in tech.
Rather than moaning about there not being enough role models we need to pull our socks up and start becoming the role models for the next generation.
Ladies rather than looking for others to step up and become your role models, step up and take the mantle.
- Be the role models
- Share your stories
- Support those coming into the industry
- Mentor & advocate
- Start shaping the industry
- Make the rules
- Share the triumphs and the failures
- Be honest, open and inspirational
- Be visible
If you are stuck on how you can do any of these. A quick Google search will tell you all about mentoring opportunities. There are loads of projects calling for inspirational stories of women working in tech. There are opportunities to network locally make yourself known to schools, other networks etc. Even within your own organisation… Share those stories you find and share your own!
Challenge the salary differences, stand up to being marginalized. Don’t take the past as a representation of how it will be in the future (that’s called conforming to stereotypes and stereotypes have a nasty way of self perpetuating unless they are challenged). Don’t accept poor excuses and bad manners. And this doesn’t just mean ladies have to do it all!
Men you too need to step up here. Male advocates for women in tech are in short supply. You too can support women in tech by doing all of the above and challenge those that stand in their way and yours! This is your industry too! Take some responsibility and ownership too, help shape it into an industry we can all be proud of! Here are a few tips on how you could do that.
This sector needs fundamental changes which means people need to believe this industry can and will change. Without these changes we limit the future of technology itself. No one wants that.
Let’s show the other industries that change can happen and fast. After all technology changes so rapidly why shouldn’t people…
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