Encouraging women to pursue computer science careers is not easy, but research shows that combatting stereotypes is one approach to increasing women in STEM. We need more visibility when it comes to the work female engineers have already accomplished, so young girls know it's not just men who are behind technology they use in their everyday lives. At the event, four successful women leaders in tech joined the panel for a Q&A session to offer career and life advice for the young women in tech. Girls asked curious and intelligent questions following the panel.
- What challenges have the women faced in getting to where they are today?
- What advice do they offer women when starting their career?
The girls asked questions as to what coursework do they think is necessary to move their career forward? What is the value of an internship?
The event was to celebrate and recognize the girls who had participated in the hackathon 2 weeks before. The goal of the hackathon (and the reception) is to expose girls to the idea of a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) career by exposing them to the work (hackathon) and showing them positive role models (the keynote and panel).