Transforming Technology: 5 Top Ways Women Are Going High Tech

The tech world has long been a boys club, however top players like Sheryl Sandberg are paving the way for women in tech. Take a look at these five women and programs to see what they're doing to transform technology into an even playing field for men and women.

Sheryl Sandberg

Women in Economic Decision-making: Sheryl Sandberg

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As COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg knows what it's like to work in an industry dominated by men. She wrote a book called, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," to discuss the gender imbalances in society today. She explains that the tech industry isn't the only place where men are favored over women — it is pretty much all industries.

One thing Sandberg has done to put an end to gender discrimination is to not allow Facebook pages negatively aimed at women to remain anonymous. People aren't willing to express their opinions as much if their name is attached.

The "BlackBerry Scholars" Program

The "BlackBerry Scholars" program encourages women to enroll in science, math, technology and engineering degrees, which have previously been dominated by men. These women can apply for a scholarship that includes full tuition for four years, with preference given to women who show aptitude and commitment to learning about mobile computing.

With BYOD with BlackBerry, which is cornering the business market, they are raising more money to donate to this scholarship program. It is just one way the company is looking the help even the playing field in terms of job equality in the technology space.

Anita Borg

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Anita Borg founded the Institute for Women and Technology in 2003. She is also responsible for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Borg wants more women to join the science and technology industry and show that they are just as capable as men in holding top industry jobs. Her slogan is, "Technology transforms the world and women transform technology."

TechWomen

Created by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs, TechWomen is helping bridge the gap between gender inequalities in the fields of math and technology. They encourage people to get involved by becoming mentors for participants in the program. With women role models who have been successful in the technology field, more women are being inspired to join the industry.

Betty Holberton

Upon attending the University of Pennsylvania, Betty Holberton was told by a mathematics professor that she should quit wasting her time and stay at home to raise children. This was the norm opinion in the 1950s, but Holberton didn't let that hold her back. She ended up studying journalism and then going on to be hired by the Moore School of Engineering. She was one of the first women to be a "Computor" for the ENIAC. She was an inspiration for all women to pursue their dreams in math, science, technology and engineering.

These are just a few of the women and programs that have helped women become a stronger force in technology today. Hopefully the movement will continue and gender inequalities will be closed in the coming years.  

Resources:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324412604578515423821744276.html

http://www.fastcompany.com/women-in-tech/2010

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/15_most_important_women_tech_history

 

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