“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
Although there are diversity and inclusion infringements to be found in likely every industry, it is particularly notable in the tech space. In fact, a new report recently released by Entelo, a recruiting automation platform, reveals that only 10% of tech executives are female.
Additionally, the Frost & Sullivan 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity reveals that women presently hold only 11% of cybersecurity positions globally. In the same report, 51% of women reported experiencing various forms of discrimination in the workforce.
Even more disappointing, some women intending to enter into a tech career never even get that far. A recent Wired article uncovers that 40% of men with degrees in a STEM fieldwork in a technical role, while only 26 percent of women with STEM degrees do.
Trilogy is celebrating women in tech on International Women’s Day and every day, intending to help change this percentage by making accessibility a major focus in 2018. In fact, 31% of Trilogy graduates are women today, but, we still have a long way to go.
Maggie Storino, a graduate of the Northwestern Coding Boot Camp says, “Participating in the boot camp gave me the confidence and skill set I needed to take my coding skills to the next level. My daughters inspired me to join the boot camp. I wanted to show them that women belong in the tech community, starting with me. It was thrilling to see them in the audience when I got my certificate.”
Storino was so affected by her boot camp experience that she’s serving as a Teaching Assistant at Northwestern Coding Bootcamp. She says, “Now that I’ve graduated, I’m paying it forward by teaching more women to code. By making tech education more relatable, I hope to inspire more women to try computer programming.”
Abby Thoresen, a current student at the University of Arizona Coding Boot Camp, says “I enrolled because I would walk into a new contract job and I was the only female and lead web/graphic designer. The team I would work with would be all male and they were the coders. After doing this for several contract jobs, I said to myself, Wow, I want to be a coder but I’m a woman. How would I fit in?” She goes on to say, “You’ll be surprised and realize how strong you are as a woman, once you become a part of this industry. Employers are wanting women in technology and now is the time to do it. As you enter the program, be humble and honest and in return, you’ll emerge as a female coder with a lot of knowledge and strong communication skills. It’s an amazing experience that I recommend to any woman who wants to be in this industry.”
Lindsay Brown, a graduate of the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp shares, “RCB was a supportive environment for me where I was mentored and nurtured as a developer irrespective of my gender, politics, race, religion, or other areas of identity.” Brown adds, “Most importantly, we need more women in STEM fields, period. I’m glad to join the ranks and hope that my endorsement of the program can encourage other women sitting on the sidelines thinking about making a change to get in the game.”
The enthusiasm and drive of women like Storino, Thoresen, and Brown is incredibly rewarding and inspiring to the Trilogy team. In a climate where movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp are thriving, Trilogy looks forward to helping more women enter into technical careers and working to raise the percentage of women in future tech workforce studies.