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By championing the achievements of women and girls, Scotland can pave the way to a more diverse and inclusive future for the tech sector, believes SWiT.
Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT) believes that creating women in tech role models is essential to inspire future generations to take up careers in technology. The skills shortage across STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related fields needs to be addressed and one way to help is to celebrate the incredible female talent in the technology sector today.
SWiT has opened nominations for the third Annual Scotland Women in Technology Awards Dinner which will be held at the Radisson Blu, Glasgow on the 24 October. The awards are designed to showcase people working to improve diversity and encourage the uptake of tech-related subjects across the whole career pipeline.
Elaine McKechnie, vice-chair of SWiT, said: “We want to shine a light on the teachers who are inspiring young people as well as recognising those already working within the technology industry, championing diversity and leading by example.”
In 2018, Microsoft published results from its findings based on a Europe-wide study of girls and young women. The findings showed a clear link between role models and an increased passion for science, technology, engineering and maths. It also revealed that the number of girls interested in STEM, on average, almost doubles when they have a role model to inspire them.