Research by the University of Roehampton and the Royal Society recently found that only 20% of computing candidates for GCSE and 10% for A level Computer Science were girls. The WISE campaign – aiming to promote women in science, engineering and technology – is part of a brand new research project to engage more girls in computing. As part of this, they will be visiting schools in England during 2021 (when COVID-19 restrictions allow) to deliver a specific variant of their My Skills My Life programme, focused on computing, to Year 5 students. WISE is looking to recruit 300 female role models working within Technology/Computing to register as role models and get involved with these sessions.
World-wide the technology industry is dominated by men, with women making up less than 30% of all employees. And yet there are women taking the industry by storm, showing that it is possible to succeed in technology regardless of gender, age or cultural background. This article by Julia Olech profiles fifty female tech pioneers who have either risen the ranks in leading tech companies or founded their own companies.
If you work in computing or technology in the UK and would like to become involved in the WISE campaign to promote the industry to Year 5 students, please visit this page.