Engineering and computer science have always been domains of interest that men prefer, in comparison to women. However, that doesn’t mean that women are not passionate about these fields. In fact, the Silicon Valley wants to do something about it and bring more intelligent women to work on some posts that are usually occupied by men. An announcement has been made on Friday for this purpose: a collaborative initiative could bring thousands of women to work in the Silicon Valley.
In order for this massive interest to be attracted,Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and LinkedIn CEO Jeffrey Weiner has given an interview to The Associated Press in which he claims that various support and mentoring programs will be implemented in colleges and other educational centers. In this way, women could find out more about their perspectives in the domain or even lure them into studying technology generally. Companies are very eager to receive the touch of a woman’s mind, so they are very much involved into the process aswell.
15 percent of all Facebook employees are women, so they are tech ladies all the way. Also, 31 percent of all employees are of the female gender, taking into consideration the diversity figures that have been released in 2014. As a parallel, at LinkedIn, 17 percent of the tech employees are women and overall, there are 39 percent women. It is a very important thing that the demographics are somehow identical in all companies in the Silicon Valley.
Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute believes that having men and women working together brings a lot of innovation in technology: diversity is essential to evolution.
“Think about it. If everybody who creates a product looks the same, you know the results won’t be nearly as interesting. We want for the sake of our future to have women involved in all the projects that will change our lives.”
In addition, companies believe that the diversity helps in creating a high-profile product, because it has to fit both category of visions. Men are more practical, more straight forward, while women experiment with the beauty part of a design and how to make the beautiful become useful. They work well together, they balance and find a perfect moment at the intersection of the roads.
“To limit the perspective of the people building our product and services, if that’s too narrow, it’s going to lead to suboptimal outcomes.”
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