Happy Holidays from WeAreTechWomen

Happy Holidays from all of us at WeAreTechWomen & WeAreTheCity

Happy Holidays from WeAreTechWomen

2021 is nearly over and here at WeAreTechWomen & WeAreTheCity, we would like to wish you a fabulous festive season.

Like most, we have yet again had to adapt and innovate this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This meant pivoting everything we do, including hosting our events, awards and conferences virtually. As much as this was a steep learning curve, there was an upside. Going virtual presented the opportunity for us to widen our reach to women all over the world.

Despite this year being full of many challenges, we were determined not to let this be a lost year for women and their career progression. Our WeAreVirtual webinar series continued all throughout the year after being born at the start of the very first lockdown in 2020. This year, we hosted 45 WeAreVirtual webinars, delivered to a global audience of 25,000, in the hopes of keeping you all engaged, motivated and inspired. All of these sessions are available for you to listen to on playback, see link here. We would not have been able to provide this fantastic resource if it wasn’t for the generosity of so many incredible speakers. A huge thank you to all of them for giving their time and experience to help others. We will be continuing the series in 2022 – we hope to see you there!

In March, we celebrated International Women’s Day with our #ChooseToChallenge100 campaign, where we elevated the voices of 100 women who choose to challenge gender bias and inequality. Throughout this year, we also supported over 30 campaigns and 15 charities.

During May, we hosted our first ever 3-day virtual conference for WeAreTechWomen, which attracted over 1500 global attendees! Look out for our next One Tech World conference which will be taking place on 1st April 2022 – you won’t want to miss it! In July we hosted our Rising Stars awards evening virtually, you can watch that video here and see all of our incredible winners here. WeAreTechWomen also launched seasons two and three of the She Talks Tech podcast – bringing you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

In November, we were also proud to announce this year’s TechWomen100 award winners and celebrate their achievements at yet another incredible virtual award’s ceremony. You can see our fantastic winners here and watch our award’s ceremony via YouTube here.

You can view all of our 2021 achievements in the below infographic:

We wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of the above without an army of supporters, we feel incredibly blessed.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported our work this year. Thank you to our clients, sponsors, speakers, writers, judges, partners, champions, advocates and above all, YOU, our fantastic community of incredible women. We wouldn’t be here without you.

We look forward to supporting you and your progression in 2022.

Be safe and well and enjoy the break ahead.

The WeAreTechWomen Team

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Where are all the women in space? | Infographic

 

It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in various sectors from politics and banking to engineering and computing, but what about when it comes to space exploration?

In 1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman sent to space, just two years after her male counterpart Yuri Gagarin. At the time only 12 other people had been to space, so it was seemingly a strong start for women. However, as the investment in space exploration grew, so did the gender gap.

Today, despite making up almost 50% of the world’s population, women make up less than 11% of history’s space explorers.

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Image Credit: RS Components


What does the IT industry look like for women in the US?

It’s no secret that the technology sector is male dominated, but there are some areas of the industry that need more work than others to increase diversity.

SurePayroll and design agency Ghergich teamed up to create the infographic below, which reveals gender biases, job placements, job satisfaction, college degrees, and more. It also looks at the benefits of technology companies hiring more women in tech positions.

The graphic delves into the world of women in technology in the US, by looking at the decline in tech positions held by women, the challenges women in the industry face and how organisations can help women make more of an impact in the tech sector.

In the UK women currently make up 17% of the IT industry, a figure which has been decreasing steadily overtime. See below for an overview of that the IT sector looks like for women working the industry in the US.