The tech industry is dominated by men, and there are many observations as to why. Some assert inequality in hiring and promoting, some assert the distinct differences in the nature of women vs. men (such as communication), and some make different assertions. Take for example the commentary on TechCrunch last year, which asserts that women aren’t risk takers, here’s the excerpt from the original interview:
This conversation about what women are doing in technology is being addressed by a cool group called Girls In Tech (GIT), founded by Adriana Gascionge. Her mission was to provide a place for women to cultivate ideas around their careers and business concepts involving technology. GIT is a non-profit, headquartered in San Francisco, California, and supports over 12,000 members spread between 57 chapters world-wide.
I believe the number of women in technology flocking to GIT is a great starting place for tech event organizers to start looking, when the “Call For Presenters” go out and panel discussions are formed. These women are leaders, innovators, community organizers, entrepreneurs, etc.
Columbus, Ohio is a great example of that. For the first time in the mid-west, on February 26, 2011, a technology conference is being being held at TechColumbus (a venue sponsor), for women in business–15 of the 17 presenters are women with emerging and booming technology based businesses. Entrepreneurs through and through.
The night before this big conference, called “Beyond Social 101 – Blah Blah Blogging Bootcamp for Business“, Girls In Tech, will officially launch it’s presence in the region with a Meet and Tweet event. Invitation is open, just RSVP here. Tickets are only $10. More details about the event can be found here.
To talk about the disparity is one thing, but to do something about is another. The Columbus Chapter of Girls In Tech will seek to address the following issues over their first year in operation:
- What should be done to close the gap?
- How can we inspire young women to adopt a technology focused career?
- How do we prepare women in technology to be the leaders they need to be to compete with and collaborate with male counterparts?
- What can we learn from men to help emerging innovators thrive?
Share your insights below.
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