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Karina Costa on what she’s learned being a woman in tech

“With men making up the majority of those in the tech space, it’s no surprise that there are still major challenges that women face in the industry. The value of having women in the tech space is undeniable – given that women make up more than half of the U.S. workforce. Nonetheless, being a woman never held me back – and it doesn’t have to hamper your career either. In fact, I excelled at my job because of the women who came before me, and my personal determination to succeed.
Throughout my career, I’ve learned a few things that helped me embrace my gender, become a strong leader in tech and also help my fellow female counterparts along the way.

Take Advantage of New Technical Background Opportunities:
‘You should never be afraid and think that just because there are fewer women in tech, that the guys are better than you. You are capable of the same. Don’t overthink it, just go for it.’

There are several factors that prevent women from pursuing a career in tech. With less than half of computer science students being women, many women that might have an interest in tech may think they don’t have the right educational background to pursue a career in the industry. However, just because you didn’t graduate with an education in tech, doesn’t mean it’s too late to jump in the tech space. In fact, there are many postgraduate programs that people interested in tech can pursue to strengthen their skills. Likewise, there are companies in the space that are looking for new diverse talent that offer to teach their employees how to code and learn new skill sets.”
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Source: What I learned Being a Woman in Tech, by Karina Costa | Swaay

 


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Another article of interest     Judy Brewer recognized for her contributions to improving the accessibility of the web – SD Times | Software Development Times

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The most influential women in tech | Alphr

By Emma Sims @EmmaPSims1

“The technology industry has long been known, lampooned and lamented as a man’s world. With 0.4% of female pupils choosing to study computer science for A-Level last year, the tech world is at risk of morphing (or should that be crystallising) into a hotbed of white, male computer science graduates with an inexplicable proclivity for hoodies (see: Zuckerberg).

Armed with years of high-intensity coding classes and mechanics modules, these Imperial College graduates are sharp-elbowed, ambitious – and overwhelmingly male. And while there’s nothing inherently wrong with the male gender (although there are corners of Twitter that would vehemently disagree), tech’s gender imbalance needs to change.

Praise be, then, to the women challenging the stereotype. CEOs, entrepreneurs, coding extraordinaires – these women are…” Keep Reading 

Source: The most influential women in tech | Alphr

 


Read about another impressive women in tech Ann Cavoukian

Will Privacy First Be The New Normal? An Interview With Privacy Guru, Ann Cavoukian

by Hessie Jones

Ann Cavoukian, former 3-Term Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, and currently Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada:

“I call myself an anti-marketer, especially these days. My background has predominantly come from database marketing and the contextualization of data to make more informed decisions to effectively sell people more stuff.  The data that I saw, whether it be in banking, loyalty programs, advertising and social platforms – user transactions, digital behavior, interactions, conversations, profiles – were sewn together to create narratives about individuals and groups, their propensities, their intents and their potential risk to the business….”

Read the full article in Forbes, COGNITIVE WORLD