To see yourself somewhere, and in order to make it easier to set a future path, the most useful and motivating tool is a role model; they give inspiration and guidance. This is why role models are instrumental in getting more women into technology fields. It starts from girls.
When California teen Anneke DiPietro convinced her dad she could skip math for a semester if she came up with a valid business plan to build, her father envisioned a dog-walking or baby-sitting business.
According to the National Center for Female Women in Information Technology's April 2015 survey, the U.S. computer science sector will have 1.2 million openings by 2022. Women currently represent just 26% of the computer workforce and the numbers are even more dismal for women of color.
We can't change the fact girls make up a very small percentage of the programmers, engineers, and scientists shown on television and in movies. What we can do, however, is make a difference in the lives of the young girls we know personally.
Teenage girls use computers and the Internet similar to boys -- they text, they take pictures on their phones -- yet they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career. Today, on International Girls in ICT Day, I'm wondering how we can reverse that trend.