Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Encouraging women to play the digital game - STUFF

Originally published: August 7, 2016
Publisher: STUFF.nz.co 

Companies can change their behaviours to strike a better balance for women, writes Victoria MacLennan.

I don't think there's any doubt we have a problem with the number of girls taking STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes at school. It's just that now, we're beginning to understand the implications of that gap, and the flow on effect of creating a gender imbalance in such areas as the digital and technology industry.

Research by Girl Scouts of America found only 13 per cent of female teens held any interest in STEM related careers.

It demonstrates just how unattractive these industries have become for females, and we need to expose more women to the possibilities and the future that a career in digital and technology can bring.