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Women in technology: inequality and opportunities

Women’s rights and equal opportunities in relation to their male counterparts were always thorny issues in the world of work. Although the integration of women into the labour market throughout the world has been constant and growing in recent years, there is still a long way to go before we can talk about balance.

Even today, it is no surprise to note that the number of women decreases as they ascend to the highest levels of leadership. In the field of technology, which has always been dominated by the male gender, although the trend towards the presence of women is growing, the data show certain alerts.

The gap: from training to employment

The latest statistics on girls in technology, an Argentine non-profit organization that since 2015 seeks to close the gender gap in technology, show the gender inequalities that exist in training and career paths. According to the latter study, between 2010 and 2016, only 33 percent of women were registered as students in the technological university system. In turn, in recent years only 17 per cent of women were received, compared with 40 per cent of men, in CTIM (Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics) careers.

The same report underscores that, when trying to access and promoted in a job position, the majority of women are facing barriers linked to gender stereotypes, as an environment masculinized, absence of balance between the personal and professional lives and a difference in the assessment of the capabilities between men and women.

The situation in Córdoba

The reality of women in Córdoba technology, for example, is no stranger to global gender imbalance. While there are statistics on multinational enterprises, it is certainly not known how uneven the situation is at the local level and what are the main problems to work with. The testimonies of women show a double effort (often not perceived) that they must make in their fields of training and work in order to generate contributions or be heard and to assert their interventions.

“From my position as a software developer, I can assure you that we are less than we should be. And many times we are alone in highly masculinized environments,” says Milagro Teruel, a graduate in Computer Science and co-founder of women in Córdoba Technology, an organization that promotes that more women reach their full potential in technology and facilitates a space where different initiatives with similar objectives can come together and develop.

Representation matters

In Latin America, only 4 percent of companies have a woman as general manager, according to UN Women data. “The low representation of women in the technological ecosystem is only the tip of the iceberg, perhaps because it is the most visible aspect of the lack of general diversity of development teams,” says Milagro Teruel.

For Pamela Scheurer, a Jujuy native, computer engineer and co-founder and Technology Manager of Nubimetrics (an e-commerce analytics platform), the relationship of the trio women, technological world and decision-making positions was always natural.

A promising future

Women consider that they have a differential contribution to training in stim disciplines compared to their male counterparts. They highlight creativity, support for teamwork, organization and systematization of work and a sense of responsibility.

An investigation carried out by Booking.com it showed that the levels of satisfaction among women working in the technology industry improve as their careers progress, which has a positive impact on their intention to continue in this sector.

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