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September 29, 2017 – The technology industry continues to have a severe gender imbalance, with fewer women in the industry overall, and often those who are in tech fields face harassment and discrimination, as well as lower pay. Women were at the forefront of computing when it first emerged, and yet today they make up just about one quarter of the computing workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer-related job openings. But our country will not have enough people with bachelor’s degrees in those fields to fill those jobs, so it’s crucial to get more women on those technology tracks.

In this segment we talk with women working in computing and technology about challenges they faced, and what it will take to create more equity in the industry.

Lisa Adkins,co-founder and chief operating officer, Ingenuity Software Labs Inc. and founder and co-leader of Girl Develop It ABQ
Monica Alvarez, graduate of Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp and software developer for 11 Online
Cherish Franco, computer engineer and advocate for girls in STEM

The Lack of Women In Tech Is More Than A Pipeline Problem – Tech Crunch
Push For Gender Equality In Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far – New York Times
In The Tech Industry, Sexism Is In The Water – Los Angeles Times
Why Sexism Has Festered For So Long In Silicon Valley – CNN Money
Five Female Coders You Probably Never Heard Of Who Changed The World – World Economic Forum
The Google Engineer’s Memo Shows The Stereotypes That Keep Women Out Of Stem – Vox
Behind the Google diversity memo furor is fear of Google’s vast, opaque power – Vox
Women Coders Do Better Than Men In Blind Study – CNN
Teaching Girls To Code May Be Worsening Gender Imbalance In Tech Sector – New York Times
Breaking The Tech Glass Ceiling – The Takeaway
Girl Develop It – classes to learn coding
Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp – Intensive course through Central New Mexico Community College