Gender Bias in technology

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The next big revolution for the world to see will be from Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence has been an intrinsic part of our routine lives for so long. It has also showcased its importance in the future through the latest innovations. Moreover, Artificial Intelligence provides an opportunity to counteract the gender bias which has been revolving between people for so long.

Although just like the other revolutions we have seen, the chance for female contribution to the technology is more likely to be neglected. If we peer back in history we could uncover many such women whose names were neglected but not their contributions. Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lammar Maria Bocnkerva, Sarah Fulton, Sybil Ludington, Deborah Samson are some of the eminent women that have reformed the world.

We can indeed find similarities in the present scenario from the past. In the leading AI and ML dominated companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Tencent and so on men are sitting at the helm of administration. 

A report named “Overcoming the challenges of being a woman in Tech” by UX Collective states that in 2015, only 16.6% of women representation was offered by Microsoft, 10% by Twitter, and only 17% by Google.

No Equal Opportunities: Gender biasing is also staged in the technology sector just like any other sector. Obviously, when their skills and contributions are not recognized, women feel less motivated and likewise, lose interest in whatever they are doing. This would eventually lead to mental health issues.

A break: Mostly women stay back from their work owing to some unavoidable circumstances. Most probably working women take a break when their husband’s family wants her to be a mere housewife. This, therefore, creates a lack of confidence in women, and thereby they lose their tenacity in their own leadership qualities. A PwC research report sets forth that only 27% of female respondents were considering a career in technology as matched to the 62% male. 

Education:

  • Of the 2,176 students, hardly 30% of females were studying subjects related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths).
  • Females are less expected to consider a career in Technology as compared to men. Only 27% of the respondents were considering a career in technology as matched to 62% male.
  • Only 22% can cite a famous female engaging in technology.

The fight for eliminating gender biases might take some time but it’s not impossible.

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