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August 7, 2015

One problem the software industry has is that it has been difficult for it to attract women to pursue Computer Science degrees and then go on to work in development, QA, or other software engineering positions. I believe this is kind of criminal given a woman, Ada Lovelace, wrote the first computer program in the mid-1800’s. A component of the issue regarding the lack of diversity in tech has been stereotypes that have been created and perpetuated throughout the industry. One woman, Isis Wenger of OneLogin, decided to address this head on with her #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign on Twitter. There is a good article on TechCrunch that explains why she did this. 

Some may find this to be a controversial topic— it shouldn’t be. Collectively, we need to further promote and aid diversity in the workforce. I believe that it starts with #STEM programs and encouraging school age girls to learn how to code and explore the career opportunities that exists within this industry. It continues with breaking down the perpetuation of stereotypes. For our female team members, you may wish to share your own post to #ILookLikeAnEngineer to help contribute to diversity education and the conversation.


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