In 2008, the Women Who Tech non-profit organization was formed with hopes of supporting women involved with technology and to inspire other females to do the same. They also exist to try and get more funding for women-based start-ups.
Through their organization, they launched the Women Start-up Challenge, that is now held around USA and Europe. The challenge is a platform for female entrepreneurs in technology fields and so far, they have managed to raise over US$25 million. At the moment, only about 7% of investor funding goes to start-ups run by women and only 11% of the executives in Silicon Valley are women. Today, there are many other organizations like Women Who Tech run by empowered women all over the world.
In another example, Chiara Condi from France, who works with the organization Led By Her, is working with others to ensure that women affected by violence have a safe space to become entrepreneurs. She is currently working with top French business schools to provide a nine-month-long entrepreneurship program for women and is also giving away the courses for free to many. She is currently writing a manual to help entrepreneurs along the process from start to launch.
Women in tech and management
The Australian federal government is also backing women in technology. Recently they launched a 10-year plan to usher more women into STEM fields, which refers to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They also allocated AUD$3.4 million to improve the status of STEM equity in Australia.
There are many other people and entrepreneurs in STEM industries that agree that more women should be in management positions and should be encouraged to succeed. A study by Deloitte showed that women should play a bigger part in creating the products and services that will help drive the economy of the future.
The myth about women in tech
There has been a widespread myth that women are not inclined to STEM subjects because they are too math and science related, where women are more creative-minded. This is a fallacy, simply because programming, coding, experimenting and problem-solving are all related to creativity.
STEMmates and tech
STEMmates promotes our STEM-related courses to both males and females from a young age. We hope to encourage all children to build their knowledge not only of STEM subjects but of soft skills too.
Analytical mindsets, critical thinking, communication skills and self-confidence are other values that our students emerge from our courses with. Thus, making sure that all the boys and girls that pass through our classes are ready to take on this technology-obsessed world.
Find out how to get your child involved through our Facebook and website pages.