Friday, July 14, 2017

Why Women in Tech Matter Even More in the Midwest - SILICON PRAIRIE NEWS

by Jana Haecherl
Originally published: July 11, 2017

Ugh. Another depressing article about the lack of women in tech? It’s true – gender equality is a hot button issue right now. Google “women in tech” and you’ll get thousands of articles with depressing stats on women in STEM and hundreds more offering tales of sexual harassment and gender inequality in Silicon Valley. If you’re working at a startup or an up-and-coming tech company, the media noise is more than enough to leave you feeling a little embarrassed by your industry and wondering where you can best enact positive change.

So what’s the good news?

As a “woman in tech” in the Silicon Prairie (specifically, the KC startup community), I’m actually pretty proud of the #girlpower I see around me. And I’m not alone: as it turns out, the Midwest is killing it at creating opportunities for women in tech. According to a recent analysis by SmartAsset, Kansas City was ranked one of the best cities in America for women in tech for the third year in a row, second only to Washington, D.C., based on higher-than-average job growth and pay.