WOMEN IN IT
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION
by Bryan Glick, Editor in Chief, Computer Weekly
I wish this book didn’t exist. I wish that BCS had not spent its valuable time on a ‘women in IT’ campaign. I wish that, in my job as Computer Weekly editor in chief, we would never write about the topic of women in technology again.
Why? Because if none of those things happened, it would mean we had a truly diverse workforce in IT, one that reflects the technology users it serves and took advantage of the range of skills available from employees of every age, gender, race or creed in the UK.
It would mean that as we look to find the 250,000 new entrants to the IT profession that are forecast to be needed over the next five years, employers would be able to choose from the widest source of talent possible, men and women.
It would also mean that at school, boys and girls equally saw IT as a desirable career to pursue, creating a pipeline of the skills required to develop the UK as a high-tech economy.
But none of those things are true.
At Computer Weekly, we thought it was a good idea to recognise the most influential women in UK IT, and promote them as role models to help get a little closer to the sort of situation, as imagined above, that we should be able to take for granted.
I’m pleased to say that many of the women in this book have featured in our annual list of the 25 most influential women in UK IT – but we still need many more of these amazing female role models. In fact, we need so many that they are no longer seen as role models – just people, forging a career in IT, helping to grow the UK’s digital economy.
But until that happens, I hope that anyone who reads the stories of these successful women in technology will be suitably inspired to join them.
Please read the attached whitepaper.