This week in our Women in Comms roundup we compile stories offering practical solutions and tips for increasing the number and prominence of women in the tech industry.
- making STEM fun through prize challenge competitions to capture interest early as studies suggest the majority of students who decide to pursue STEM do so in high school;
- requiring coding in school;
- instituting virtual mentoring and internship programs with prominent companies;
- engaging the sports and entertainment industries to help promote STEM and lend it "cool" credibility;
- changing the curriculum at vocational and community colleges to accommodate mid-career professionals looking to change industries;
- launching programs to help women in the field become certified as teachers, since female teachers have been shown to encourage girls to pursue STEM more.
- seek forgiveness, not permission in applying for jobs that may seem out of reach, going to events, embracing failure and staying visible;
- get a side gig and learn as much as you can;
- network and always hustle;
- find a mentor and take advantage of training;
- be determined and tenacious.
— Sarah Thomas, , Director, Women in Comms