I was reading a blog from a woman reflecting on her trip to the World Economic Forum at Davos, where leaders from around the world gathered to discuss the implications of a new industrial revolution—the 4th industrial revolution (after the revolutions brought about by steam power, electricity and electronics). The 4th Revolution uses digital technology to revolutionize almost every part of our life at an unprecedented pace, from self-driving cars to AI-enabled assistants.
One of the biggest implications outlined in The Industry Gender Gap report that was referenced in this meeting, is just how harmful this revolution may be to the progress of women because they are underrepresented in tech. As market forces transform industries to favor technological skills, women only hold 26% of all tech jobs. Worse yet, they only stand to gain 1 new STEM job for every 20 that are lost in other disrupted industries. For men, that ratio is a much more favorable 1 to 4. The reports makes clear, “If current industry gender gap trends persist and labor market transformation towards new and emerging roles in computer, tech and engineering related fields continues to outpace the rate at which women are currently entering those types of jobs, women are at risk of losing out on tomorrow’s best job opportunities.
Today, we will be speaking with Crystal Martin from LaunchCode’s CoderGirl program, Delia Chassaing a CoderGirl and Helena Converse, a mentor with CoderGirl to learn how they are helping to change this dire prediction of women in tech. Don’t miss this discussion so stay listening….