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“Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval.” – Karl Marx

Last Thursday, women in IT braved the disheartening British weather to come together and celebrate the 50 most influential women in UK IT, hosted by Computer Weekly.

Nine of these influential women, joined by Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones (former UK government cyber security chief), were invited to give a 10 minute speech about whey they thought the number of women in the technology industry is decreasing every year and the opportunities women have to lead their organisations to a successful economy recovery. Here are the main themes from their power speeches:

Technology is not sexy and we know it. We’ve heard it before -- the IT industry is just not “sexy” for many young women. Technology has connotations of geeks, engineers, programing, software versus a career in PR which is connected (wrongly I can say from experience) to lavish parties, wining and dining journalists and a jetsetter lifestyle. But don’t we have a huge PR opportunity on our hands to turn this negative image of the technology sector around?

All of the speakers agreed that the Technology industry would benefit from a diverse workforce, both men and women, as both have different skills, experiences and styles of working that they can bring into the workplace. Women are the most underused human resource in the technology sector today. Ladies, we can make a difference.

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  1. Laura, this was excellently written & yes this proves Karl Marx’s statement “Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval”



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