The technology industry has historically been male-dominated. While that’s changing, women still make up less than one third of the global tech workforce. Companies have invested heavily in programs that recruit women and promote DEI, but they’re often fighting over the same limited pool of talent. Real change will only happen if we start at the beginning and foster a pipeline of women with tech chops by ensuring young girls are encouraged to pursue their interest in STEM fields.
As we celebrate dads this upcoming Father’s Day, we should also celebrate the potential impact fathers can have on their daughters’ careers by inspiring them to develop tech skills and interests. Fathers are uniquely positioned to serve as a role model for daughters that are interested in tech. According to a Girls Who Code and Logitech survey, 60% of women in tech and IT cited a parent or friend as the greatest influence in their career choice. Additionally, 46% of women in tech were encouraged by their fathers to pursue computer science.
By encouraging girls to pursue careers in tech, fathers can help ensure their daughters will be financially secure, have future-proof job skills and land a fulfilling career as adults. So how can more fathers lend encouragement to young girls who are showing an interest in technology? Let’s dive in.Continue reading