The future of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector is exciting. Every day, people are using the Internet, computers and mobile devices in new and innovative ways. ICT is changing the way we work, live, play and learn. And it’s opened up new employment opportunities that should appeal to men and women alike.
So, where are all the women?
ICT jobs offer good salaries, advancement, the opportunity to lead the development of cutting-edge technology, and a place to show off one’s creativity. Yet, women account for less than 25 percent of the ICT workforce and only 12 to 15 percent of ICT university graduates. And the trend isn’t improving. The majority of women never consider a career in the technology sector. The “geek” stereotype of the anti-social, fashion challenged white male still persists and is one reason girls are steering clear of the ICT sector.
On April 26, 2012, Girls in ICT Day, Cisco will join other organizations around the world to celebrate and promote the development of girls and women, and take on ICT stereotypes and the challenge of changing the gender make-up of the field.
At Cisco, we’re welcoming girls from local Cisco Networking Academy classes to our offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and North Carolina for a first-hand look at the responsibilities of our engineers, sales teams, and leaders. And we’ll have them share their passion for ICT with each other over Cisco TelePresence. Girls in ICT Day is our chance to demonstrate the opportunities ICT can offer girls for their future and that Geek is Chic!
If you are a woman working in the technology field, submit a comment about the challenges and/or opportunities you have experienced.
For more information about Girls in ICT Day, please visit http://girlsinict.org/what-girls-ict-day
Learn how Cisco has brought young girls to the forefront of technology in this video and this article from the Toronto Globe and Mail.