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Pledge a Blog for Ada Lovelace Day

Back in 2006, according to research sponsored by DTI, the number of women employed in IT related industries was worrying decline. The research, which benchmarked the UK against 33 countries, demonstrates that while the UK performs favourably for the total number of women in the workforce, the number of women employed in the IT sector has fallen to just 16%.

The report also revealed that women are under-represented in higher-skilled IT jobs, and dominate the lower-skilled and lower-paid areas of the industry. For example some 61 per cent of database assistants and 42 per cent of assemblers of electrical products are female, compared with only 20 per cent of ICT managers, and 12 per cent of IT strategy or planning professionals. There is no evidence that this trend has halted or reversed, and it is now time to do something about it.

Ada Lovelace, a 19th Century analytical programmer, is now helping to recruit women back into the profession with a proposed annual Ada Lovelace Day, on the 24th March.

“Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised,” says Suw Charman-Anderson, the tech-savvy media commentator proposing Lovelace Day. “We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sys-admin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, developing software or hardware, a tech journalist or a tech consultant, we want to celebrate her achievements.”

The UK needs to understand that this is not a gender issue; we need to maintain a diverse workforce to stay competitive. If you think that women are underrepresented in technology join us on 24 March 2009 for Ada Lovelace Day. Click on Finding Ada, sign the pledge and write a blog entry about bringing women in technology to the fore.

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Monday, February 16th, 2009 Blogs Comments Off