Melinda Gates Asked for Ideas to Help Women in Tech: Here They Are
Jessi Hempel
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Great article with good suggestions but it misses several very critical points. All tech is not created equal. Coding skills are a drop in the hat, and have been touted as the easiest and most accepted entry point into a tech career. But there are so many other sub sectors of tech where critical thinking and other engineering skills are required. These are the real problem areas for women as these sub-sectors are male dominated and female attrition numbers are remarkably high. Ask any woman who’s endured a long-lasting technical career and she will probably say the last thing she wants to do is to be tied to a computer, writing code day in and day out. There are so many other things that we’ve learned that a just as critical as knowing how to write code. Your cell phone doesn’t ring by magic, neither does it connect to the Internet through some mysterious force. The IoT and Data Science world doesn’t gather it’s data from the ether. Transport Technologies (and their associated skill sets) are critical to the future of the world. We’ve got to do a better job of preparing women to be contributors and leaders in this sector, which is why I have Founded Women in Mobility to challenge these issues head on. Tesla’s going to Space, GoogleX is doing things involving transport that they won’t tell us about and Microsoft is trying to figure out remote hologram projection. I could go on and on, but I am raising my voice to say, we’ve got to think beyond traditional tech and prepare our girls and women to be players, innovators, and leaders in what’s being projected as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where everything will be connected, analyzed, prescripted, predicted and personalized. Whew, that’s a mouth full and there’s plenty more where that came from. Salute!!!

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