We need to make technology more inclusive. We’re using technology that is built by men, for men, for the most part. Where are the apps built by women? The apps that see women proactively thinking about the way they use technology? Women are underrepresented in the world of technology; this is not news.

A PwC report notes that women currently hold 19% of techrelated jobs at the top 10 global tech companies, relative to men who hold 81%. It also states that the proportion of females to males who graduate with STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees is out of kilter. Women are underrepresented in maths and statistics (four women to every five men), ICT and technology (two women to every five men), as well as engineering, manufacturing and construction (three women for every ten men), according to World Economic Forum statistics.

As a result, there is a significantly smaller pool of female STEM talent, restricting the potential of South Africa’s technology sector. At the same time, we see that women make up half of the world’s working-age population but generate only 37% of GDP.

This is an excerpt from ‘Empowering the digital age’ by Mich Atagana, Head of Communications and Public Affairs at Google SA. To read the full article and others like it, get your copy of Top Women Leaders, out in November.

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