Encouraging Young Women to Love Technology

 January 22, 2018
Encouraging Young Women to Love Technology
The 1st Techie Festival launched in Beijing on January 14. [CSDN]

 

The 1st Techie Festival launched in Beijing on January 14, attracting over 700 young women to experience how to write code, design websites and learn to use different machines.

Famous women from tech companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook shared their stories and ideas on Big Data, AI and industrial development at the event.

The speakers hoped to help more young women to dispel their misgivings and boost their motivation to develop a career in the tech industry.

Due to the gender gap, few women have access to improve the industry, where many men still have the final say and women are in the minority, say experts. 

Only seven percent of programmers in Chinese computer science are female, according to a survey in 28 provinces, municipalities and special administrative regions in 2016.

As governments, enterprises and organizations across the world adopted many measures to reduce gender bias in the past decade. China also strengthened its support for women in this regard. 

For example, pharmacist Tu Youyou won a Nobel Prize in 2015, and she won the National Highest Science and Technology Awards in 2016, which had inspired others to forge ahead. 

The proportion of female program leaders in Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) has increased steadily, reaching a new high of 40.76 percent last year. 

Though society still lacks sufficient women representatives in the tech industry, reform on gender-equality needs to include more women-favored policies in the State technological innovation governance system. 

When the entire society helps women, amazing things can happen, say officials.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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