Winners of the 2020 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards have been introduced, after an occasion in London designed to showcase girls within the expertise trade.
The annual awards, sponsored by skilled providers supplier FDM Group and run in partnership with the Tech She Can Charter, intention to boost consciousness of the achievements of girls within the expertise sector.
Emphasising that the lack of seen and accessible feminine position fashions is among the causes younger girls don’t select a profession in tech, everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson mentioned sharing tales about girls already within the expertise trade is extraordinarily necessary.
“With this 12 months being the 10th anniversary of the awards, we’re proud to showcase distinctive expertise within the expertise trade,” she mentioned. “A shortage of female role models has been cited as one of the main reasons why young women aren’t drawn to careers in technology, which is why we believe the success stories of our winners will play a vital role in encouraging change and diversity in the industry.”
Research has discovered many ladies nonetheless really feel there’s a “glass ceiling” within the expertise sector, and whereas extra girls are anticipated to enter tech in 2020, the variety of girls in core technical roles has remained stagnant at round 16% over the previous decade.
Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, president and chief government of NMiTE, who was named Woman of the Year on the everywoman awards, has 25 years of expertise in engineering and is proudly a part of the LGBT group, makes some extent of highlighting the dearth of range within the engineering house via her #ILookLikeAnLGBTEngineer marketing campaign.
During her acceptance speech, she mentioned the small proportion of girls in engineering, at round 12%, is “not acceptable”.