This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #PressforProgress.
This is a call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
According to ISACA’s global survey of Women in Technology ( conducted in 2017) women are still facing significant barriers in the workplace.
Mantech’s Managing Director Cameron Gillis has been in the industry for many years, and shared his thoughts on this day:
35 years ago when I first started recruiting in the tech space, women in the industry were as ‘rare as hens’ teeth’. Considered an oddity, it was simply put a ‘Mans’ World’. Fast forward to today and much has changed; women are actively encouraged to work in the space, to stay in the space, various companies actively hire in favour of women or at least strive towards gender balance. The media, the politicians, the education system make all the right noises. Things couldn’t be better right? Not so fast I say! Let’s look at the facts:
No more than 20% of our placements are women
Many women leave the industry within 5 years of graduation
The number of women doing IT, EE, CS, Physics, Maths etc. at University is still far too low
Many female students choose not to do Maths at HSC level when they are more than capable enough
Why is it so? Is it “Bro Culture”? Is it a lack of flexibility towards modern female lifestyles? Is it a lack of tolerance – that after you peel away the layers there lies at heart a view that this is men’s work? Are women more attracted to so-called creative careers? I could go on and there are surely many other possible reasons; but in the past 35 years much has been achieved and changed for the better. What I hope for is that 35 years from now this conversation is no longer necessary. That diversity and balance are genuine realities in the workspace.
Cameron and the rest of our team at Mantech is committed and determined to change the representation of women in tech everyday, and support women’s careers and progress in the IT industry in Australia.
This year we Press For Progress and committed to:
Richard Challenge Stereotypes and Bias
Stephen Challenge Stereotypes and Bias
Nima Influence Others’ Beliefs / Actions
Michael Maintain a gender parity mindset
Karen Maintain a gender parity mindset
#pressforprogress now https://www.internationalwomensday.com/PressforProgress