Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Women in the new technologies and the importance of … – The Workshop: Accelerating Business

From 12 to 18 October in Paris held the AdaWeek a forum this week on the place of women in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. The opportunity to take stock of their participation in these sectors.

The name “AdaWeek” is inspired by Ada Countess of Lovelace English was the first person in the world to code in 1843. The first programmer of history is a woman. Yet few of us to know and women are now underrepresented in computer schools. This under-representation was then found in digital businesses. Vincent, who works in human resources Criteo says: “we have very few female CV but it is not positive discrimination” . Yet he recognizes that diversity is always beneficial to businesses and a greater gender balance would be appreciated.

Indeed, in the era of the digital revolution and Big Data, still little Women are present in these areas, are estimated to represent 3-30% of the workforce by sector. Charlotte de Broglie, President of AdaWeek says that we are at a pivotal moment where the occupations in STEM (science, technology, engineering & amp; mathematics) will take more and more importance. “Can we decide to leave 50% of the population away from this revolution?” The academia in particular is the one who is doing the worst. You should know that this situation is not as French, although some countries such as the Nordic countries are at the forefront with regard to gender equality, a majority of countries are in the same situation as France.

The orientation and education, weight allies to feminize STEM

The theme of education is central to feminize including STEM. We realize that there are still gender stereotypes in textbooks which put forward often male scientists and present famous women like Marie Curie unless accompanied by their husbands. Although girls are generally more studious and have better averages in France, when one looks at the highest math scores, the overwhelming majority is owned by the boys.

Adaweek conference

is therefore still room for improvement in guiding girls towards scientific fields – not only to give them the taste, but also to support them and give them confidence in their skills. Laure Nemea, CTO of Leetchi, supports this finding and believes that associations like France Duchess that promotes women with technical profiles in the computer are essential. Indeed, they help to show young girls that it is possible to break into the IT sector but more as a career. In addition to providing training to the code, Duchess France processors encourages women to speak at conferences. When 10-15% of jobs in STEM are held by women, they are only 2% speak face to the public on the subject.

The code does not control the world, but it controls the machines that control the world. By learning the code for women, they are given the keys to open many career opportunities. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary for example to have a science background to be a good developer. Sonia Prevost, Ruby Developer at Agorize, said: “I have a degree in literature, it does not prevent me to learn to develop. On the contrary! “

More models to inspire young girls

Finally, it has often been repeated that it lacks young women today is for more engage in STEM, they are models. Joanna Shields example is the first minister in charge of Internet security in the UK after being director of Facebook Europe. It is also the origin of the Tech City UK initiative that values ​​the technology sector in the country. One more proof that it is perfectly possible to succeed as a woman in these sectors formerly reserved for men.

According to Charlotte de Broglie, “ it will take one to two generations to see real change in everything that touches the hard sciences to the extent that they involve a complete academic background . As for Digital, the handling of it by the people is a societal issues, retraining can be very fast. “It is indeed quite possible to integrate the coding bases in weeks. Good news when we know that in 2013, only 23% of the digital business of the workforce were women, according to a report Syntec, OECD, IESF.


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