Like A Girl

Pushing the conversation on gender equality.

Code Like A Girl

This is a shout out to my X…

…where X means all my fellow Women in Tech.

Sorry I couldn’t resist as Little Mix’s “shout out to my ex” seems to have been on the radio a lot today and thought it would be a great title for a blog post! Or maybe not…

I wanted a title that would hopefully grab my fellow Women in Tech’s attention as I have an important question to ask.

Why aren’t there more women working in the Tech industry?

As part of the NEF, we have to pitch an idea for a potential start-up and mine was an all female coding bootcamp to encourage more women to enter the tech world. Up in the North of England, we have a major skills deficit so I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone so to speak, and get more women programming, growth hacking and designing whilst also plugging the skills gap at the same time?

Easy right?

Wrong!

Other coding bootcamps struggle to attract female applicants even though some will even offer 100% funded female places and business are screaming out to diversify their technical teams. So what is the problem?

A friend of mine who is also on the NEF cohort and happens to be a self-taught programmer told me that the problem runs much deeper and doesn’t believe that another coding bootcamp will fix the problem, even if it is an all female one. So this got me thinking.

What is putting off women entering the tech world?

From my own experience, Tech is an incredibly exciting, fast paced world where you can work with some of the most intelligent and talented people in the industry on some exciting and cool product or start-up. It certainly beats the standard office job any day of the week. So why isn’t there an equal 50:50 amongst the sexes? According to Martha Lane-Fox, Co-Founder of LastMinute.com, only 17% of tech jobs are held by women and less than 10% of internet companies are founded by women.

So where are we going wrong?

I’d really appreciate it if you could write your thoughts in the comments below as to why there is only a measly 17% of women working in tech roles.

Brownie points if you’ve also got ideas on how to improve that figure!