Women have been making technology news lately and with good cause. Although women comprise 50.8% of the population and 58.5% of the labor force, they hold only a third of nearly all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) occupations and a mere fifth of most information technology jobs. In fact, the number of women pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science is actually declining. Moreover, women are particularly underrepresented in high level STEM positions.
There is debate about why so few women are entering this sector of the workforce but some women are taking action to change the statistics. Ashley Hatcher, an Account Executive at RoundTower Technologies’ Atlanta office, recently formed a group in Columbus, Georgia for the purpose of supporting women in technology. The group is called Females in Technology or FIT Minds! and it has attracted women from many of the area’s largest and most respected companies.
“Our first meeting has generated a lot of excitement about what we are doing for the community,” says Ashley. “We want to grow the FIT Minds! group and help bring attention to STEM opportunities for girls in our area. We intend to accomplish this by empowering and educating women in the technology workforce and by helping build a broader, stronger awareness for girls in STEM programs.”