Here’s some shocking (or perhaps not-so-shocking) data for you on International Women’s Day—women are underrepresented in the tech industry, especially in engineering. According to Built In, only 26% of women in the industry have computing-related jobs. In fact, just 38% of women with computer science degrees actually work in computer science. To put it in perspective, 51% of women engineers said their meetings included five or more men for every one woman last year.
At TrueMotion, we’re fortunate to have awesome women in technical roles. Today, on International Women’s Day, we asked a few of them to share their experiences with gender equality throughout their data science and engineering careers. We hope that their experiences will help all of us understand what we can do to build a more equal workforce.
The women at TrueMotion enjoy working in tech because it allows them to apply their expertise to solve meaningful problems, like distracted driving. Working in tech gives them the opportunity to collaborate, learn, and grow with fellow innovators in their field.
However, the majority of women we spoke with on our technical teams have dealt with inequities throughout their careers. They’ve struggled with a lack of diversity in leadership roles, equal pay, and balancing work, home, and family. The COVID pandemic has made the balance even harder for mothers. Some women also feel like it can hard to be taken seriously when presenting to new audiences, or that they need to work harder to make sure their voices are heard.
The women at TrueMotion shared some tips to overcome these challenges. They focus on the skills and knowledge they bring to the table. They create boundaries between work and home. When things get chaotic, they re-evaluate goals and set realistic priorities. They also create relationships with customers’ technical teams to establish credibility and build trust.
So, how can we all help make the workplace more gender equal? We all need to be aware of inequities and respect everyones’ ideas, new approaches, and constraints. We also need to celebrate women’s achievements to increase visibility in the workplace and the industry. Raising awareness is the first step towards gender equality.
For this reason, TrueMotion has created DEI groups and has been investing in company-wide hands-on trainings. What are you doing to help create gender equal world? Hit us up on LinkedIn and let us know.
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