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Interview: Women in Tech [HireFirst]

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by | May 3, 2019

I was recently approached by HireFirst to participate in their initiative to explore diversity in tech. Of course I said yes, this is something that I feel very passionately about.

Quick mention: HireFirst is an AI led recruitment platform. 

In tech, at the time of writing, women make up less than 20% of tech positions and even less women are in Computer Science jobs now than there were in the 80’s. Even more shockingly, women of colour make up less than 4% of Computer Science classes. Finally, less than 1% of Silicon Valley tech leadership positions are held by latino women, and less than 0.5% are held by black women.

Why? A number of reasons, including [but not limited to] not feeling they have a place in this space, not having access to resources etc. (In Niba’s interview she puts this more eloquently than I can.) This is an ongoing issue that will not be fixed next year or the year after. However, I feel that by opening the conversation we can all start to think “why” and challenge these facts. So that one day, hopefully soon, we will have a diverse workforce.

I’ll quickly point out the glaringly obvious, I am a white woman. So, despite being underrepresented in tech, I do benefit from an amount of privilege that other marginalised groups do not. When I speak about a diverse workforce, I don’t just mean inclusive of white women or having conversations with only white women. This space needs to be opened to all, we need a multitude of opinions and experiences.