When you look at the statistics surrounding girls who study STEM and go on to work in the field, it quickly becomes apparent that the gender gap is a systemic issue.
According to data compiled by the European Union, women only account for 25% of self-employed professionals in science, engineering or information and communication technologies, and only 10% of patent applications come from women.
A separate study by Microsoft has uncovered that across 35 European countries, fewer than 20% of computer science graduates are women, and boys are more likely than girls to imagine themselves working in tech roles in adulthood.
In fact, by the age of 15, less than 1% of girls have ambitions to break into a career in tech compared to 8% of boys, despite girls scoring higher across science and mathematics.
One woman on a mission to change this and encourage more women to pursue a career in tech is Anna Brailsford, CEO of Code First Girls, one of the largest providers of free coding courses for women globally, which has helped more than 120,000 women learn to code.
“One thing that our research has shown is that women come at technology slightly later,” Brailsford shared recently at the Dublin Tech Summit.
“Switcher-wise, we get teachers, nurses, and accountants who would like to be their own boss, and we’re providing them with the vehicle to do that. Ultimately, they come with a plethora of skills so [it’s about] creating alternative ways to get in technology.”
Closing the gender gap and encouraging more women into tech roles makes financial sense too. A report by McKinsey predicts that if Europe can increase its share of women in tech to 45% by 2027, it could increase the GDP from €260 billion to €600 billion.
Conversely, a study by the Korn Ferry Institute found that Europe will have lost out on a potential €1.323 trillion in unrealised annual revenue by 2030 if the talent deficit to the tune of 14.3 million workers carries on.
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