Inspire Women and Girls to Explore IT
Dream IT — a program by CompTIA’s Advancing Women in IT Community — is reaching 10,000 people this year with the message that IT is a great place for women and girls.
CompTIA's AWIT Initiative
In a 2012 article, Why We Need More Women In Technology, Peter Diamandis of Forbes Magazine stated, “We need more women in technology. In 2012, women made up only 26 percent of the computing workforce, out of 3,816,000 computing-related occupations. (Department of Labor Current Population Survey, 2012)”
In the same year, only 18 percent of computer science majors were women.
Women hold only 11 percent of executive technical roles at privately held, venture-backed companies. (Dow Jones VentureSource, 2012)
Only 7 percent of venture capital goes to women-owned businesses, and of those venture capitalists investing in startups, only 4.2 percent are women.
These and other telling statistics are indicative of a huge problem!
Inspite of the low numbers of women who are actually working in technology, a study by David Geary from the University of Missouri shows a very different statistic. In 70 percent of countries where statistics are available, girls overwhelmingly outperform their male counterparts in reading, mathematics, and science literacy by age 15, regardless of political, economic, social, or gender-equality issues and policies found in those countries,” he concluded. The team used information from the standardized international exam, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and the scores of 1.5 million students.
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