As of now these fourth graders don't see any reason they can't be a chef, an astronaut, a doctor, a pro athlete, or any job they can dream up. But somewhere around this age, girls start to lose interest in STEM (science, technology, math, and engineering), and they continue to lose interest in these subjects at every stage of their education.
The tech industry is growing exponentially, faster than we can fill jobs for ("Software is eating the world"). This includes the cybersecurity field, in which more than 209,000 jobs were unfilled last year, which is pretty scary considering how powerful hackers are becoming.
For women in tech: Keep on keeping on. Former Reddit CEO and "most hated person on the internet" Ellen Pao has two pieces of advice for women in tech: "Have a thick skin; it naturally gets thicker over time" and "Don't be silent."
For companies: The solution isn't to pinkify all the devices. And diversity training helps, but isn't enough. As Annalee says:
"Just being aware of the issues isn't enough. The only solution is to hire more women. Hire more people of color. If that's too hard for you, then you shouldn't be in a position to hire people in the first place."
And promote them. And pay and treat them equally.
For everyone else: Call out companies when they promote sexist or discriminatory stereotypes.
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