There are so many reasons to be excited about technology as a force for good in shaping our future — it has created products and services that impact the way we communicate and interact in our daily lives and will continue to do so in ways that we have yet to imagine.
The sector holds the greatest potential to meet the challenges of our time, and it is why our team at Acquia strives every day to create the most accessible, open-source platform, as we believe in the revolutionary power of coding to improve lives in every part of the world. As a community, we believe strongly in the values of equality and diversity and that we each must do our part to ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
Yet, while the tech industry is among the most forwarding-thinking and fast-growing, there remains a monumental challenge: gender equality. While we have all heard about the gender gap in STEM fields, women remain massively under-represented in tech companies, a gap that is widening, rather than diminishing. We are determined to contribute our part in helping to solve this.
A Look at the Statistics
While there have been modest strides for women in certain scientific fields such as the biological sciences and engineering during the past two decades, recent data present a more startling picture of the technology sector: only 25 percent of tech positions are held by women, and only 5 percent of tech startups are owned by women. And yet, women make up more than half of the US workforce. This trend is somehow moving in the wrong direction: in 1990, women held one in three tech jobs; today, women hold only one in four.
To highlight an example among the Drupal community, just 24 percent of attendees at last year’s DrupalCon in Nashville were women, while 65 percent of the attendees were men.
Giving Back to Close the Gap
Shifting the gender imbalance will require a broad set of business and educational initiatives among the tech community to advance change. To convey our commitment to this cause, Acquia is partnering with Girls Who Code to help support their inspiring efforts to provide girls the resources, educational training, and opportunities to excel in the technology profession.
Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code founder and CEO, has written, “Girls Who Code is proud to be a part of this movement, and even prouder because our girls — girls of all races and ethnicities and abilities and zip codes — are leading it."
We love her vision, and we hope you will join us in supporting it to make an impact!
When visiting our booth at DrupalCon in Seattle, for every unique badge scan, Acquia will donate $5 to Girls Who Code.
A diverse and inclusive culture is at the root of our growth and success as a Drupal community, connecting us through a thriving, global movement that aims to ensure opportunities exist for every individual to harness the power of coding to make a lasting difference in their communities.
We can change the world, yet we cannot achieve true and meaningful progress when even one of us is held back. When we each do our part in giving back, we help to reverse this trend and inspire a difference in a girl’s future, and we can’t imagine a more important purpose.
By sharing this post on your social media feeds, this helps too! You can also donate directly to Girls Who Code by linking to its fund-raising page found here.