Engineering and careers in technology are typically a male dominated field. But Girls in T.E. strives to change that. It’s 2018 and women are still fighting for equal pay. There’s still a 14 percent pay gap between men and women in the same careers with the same education. One of the Co-Founders of Girls in Tech and Engineering, Cindy Xie say this has to change.
“I feel this would help create more gender diversity within the technology and engineering field. Girls make up half of the world population and with half of that we have half the innovation and half of the ideas. So I feel that it’s really important we get involved in everything.”
“People would be like oh, did you have your guy friends do that assignment for you? And I would say no I work really hard and this is my project. I got a lot of backlash in that way. It’s just a lot of doubt and misogyny.”
As technology continues to advance, career demand is on the rise. Girls in Tech and Engineering exposes girls to the job field. Co-Founder of Girls in T-E, Sarah Chun says technology benefits everyone. Chun has previously worked at an internship in California where they developed a computer algorithm to detect poverty in Uganda.
“I realize that coding isn’t just all about making new smart phones or creating the best apps. But it’s helping those in poverty and really changing the lives of those that really need it. Technology can help those in poverty and not just those in the top percent of the world.”
Through this group local girls have a chance to find their passion in tech and engineering, connecting with other girls with similar interests and creating a more diverse workforce for the future. In March 2019 the group will be touring Google Canada with 75 High School girls interested in a tech careers.