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6 initiatives making it ‘cool’ to be a woman in tech

Girls love technology. The thing is, there’s still a disconnect between tech being seen as cool for girls. While some girls don’t care and shake it off, others succumb to peer pressure and do something “cool” instead.

If only they knew there’s nothing cooler than a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

If we take a look back in time, it wasn’t too long ago that women had to choose between a handful of professions, like teaching, nursing, or retail. They were not allowed to do anything else, literally.  I’m not talking about ancient times either, this happened two generations ago during my grandmother’s adulthood.

In the same way, women wouldn’t have the right to vote today if we didn’t do something about it in the 1900s. If we waited for our turn and pretended like everything was okay, it would have never happened.

To reach these milestones in women’s history, we needed support systems, to launch our own uprising and to be okay with being the minority.

We can help the next generation of girls embrace the possibilities of tech careers by talking about it, going to career days to encourage them and by supporting local initiatives that could make a difference in their lives. You don’t have to look far:

https://twitter.com/GITdot/status/542481340743307265

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eJYW4ew5eg&feature=youtu.be

  • Women in the IT Channel
    ITWC, publisher of ITBusiness.ca, hosts its own annual event for Women in the IT Channel. Four years in the running, the luncheon features leading women in the IT channel, awards, headine speakers, and opportunity for networking. At other times of the year, ITWC coordinates Twitter chats and blogging activities with participants of the event.
    Web: http://www.computerdealernews.com/women-in-it 
    Twitter: @CompDealerNews

I think we ladies forget about our right to vote, go to school and become who we want to be. It gets lost in our day to day because it’s now the norm. But it wasn’t always that way and there are still milestones worth fighting for.  We shouldn’t ignore that some girls still think that tech is for boys only. It’s simply not true. But we can’t break that misnomer by being quiet and waiting for it to change on its own.

It will take a village, with you being a member of that village. As a leader in STEM, the livelihood of tomorrow’s top female CEO’s, operators and innovators rests upon your shoulders. What are you going to do?

 

Ashley Huffman
Ashley Huffmanhttp://chicktech.com
Startup, technology and girls in tech evangelist. Can be found behind the scenes at Nano Magnetics Ltd getting things done. Professional @Nanodots builder and Guinness World Record holder. Fan of life hacks, Scrum and WOW, in no particular order. Self proclaimed Twitter addict.

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