Female interest in IT jobs gets boost from new organization

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
September 4, 2012

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It's not surprising that technology jobs have been mainly held by men. According to a 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce report, 14 percent of engineers are women. Also, a recent Newsweek assessment of 100 IT leaders named only seven women.

IT Principals are dealing with an ever-evolving hiring landscape. As technology becomes a more important part of many businesses, they must rely on valuable resources to ensure they are bringing in the top talent to stay competitive. A new organization is working to empower women to become IT professionals of the future.

Known as "Girls Who Code," the group was founded by Reshma Saujani, a former New York City deputy public advocate. The program is designed for 13- to 17-year-old girls with the goal of educating, inspiring and equipping young women with the resources to seek opportunities in engineering and technology.

A recent article by mark Fidelman in Forbes Magazine said some of the reasons women have not been a larger part of the technology landscape include general interest, confidence and working environment. Fidelman writes that evening out the playing field will be vitally important for business down the road.

"We must strive to ensure that both sexes are rigorously pursuing technology careers," wrote Fidelman. "A point first drilled home by Bill Gates during a speech – in of all places, Saudi Arabia, 'Any country where half their population is not allowed to reach their full potential is not going to be competitive.'"

Recently, a group of major technology companies including Twitter, General Electric, Google and eBay announced that they were lending their support to "Girls Who Code," showing that this initiative is far from being over. IT Principals need to be progressive to be successful. Relying on VARs and Integrators that have have partnered with VAR Staffing can be the best way to stay ahead of the competition.

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