Why aren’t girls willing to go into IT?

I have been interested in technology for 7/8 years now and the gender balance has always been uneven. There are many reasons why such as the sheer amount of males on courses which can be a bit daunting. When I was looking at my university course I was excited and happy to find a female on my course, it was different at college where I was the only girl on my course. It doesn’t come as a shock to know that there aren’t many females in IT but, when there are females with you it allows a break in the geeky conversations which is very helpful.

Another reason why there aren’t many females in the technology industry is the image that working with technology brings, that the typical stereotype of a girl who works in technology. This stereotype is of a girl who wears bland colourless clothes, glasses, a girl who is boring and more, but this is far from the truth as society has modernised the stereotype has almost disappeared.

Stereotypical nerd

As IT is a technical and mathematical subject this can put off females from studying it further than they can, I have found it to be stumbling block in my first year of uni as maths isn’t my strong point. In reality it only uses basic maths such as adding and the theories which, are used in IT I found to be quite easy to grasp once they was explained outside of maths lectures. Once it was taught outside of the lectures and seminars and when it was used in practice it made more sense in how it worked. So once it is taught practically and not theoretically it makes more sense which could make technology more appealing to girls.

When I was researching for this topic I stumbled upon a news article which made me proud, it was about how Sheffield Hallam University had won the national award for promoting the role of women in science and technology. The university ensures that there is an equal number of females and males in an interview panel, which is helping to raise the profiles of women inside and outside of the university environment.

Overall I think that as the more use of new technologies such as the Raspberry Pi will hopefully help to bring more girls interested in computers, as long as it is taught effectively compared to the way that IT is being taught now. The teaching of IT needs to be changed in secondary schools to create more interaction with code and hardware to make girls more interested in it. From a personal experience I find that thinking with technology girls prefer the creative and logical thinking aspect of how a program will work and what won’t work. The way that it is taught in secondary schools isn’t done as effectively as it could be as it doesn’t cater for this way of thinking of technology.

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