With women accounting for between 15-18% of the IT profession in the UK, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is running a month long campaign to encourage young girls and also women returners to consider IT as a career option. The campaign will see influential women in IT featured on the Institute’s website each day throughout May in order to demonstrate the variety of roles that are open to young women. Some of the biggest names in IT today have signed up to support the campaign including entrepreneur Cary Marsh, CEO of Mydeo, Dame Stephanie Shirley who started her own software business in 1962 because of the dearth of opportunities for women in the profession, Professor Dame Wendy Hall Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, Maggie Philbin, CEO of TeenTech and technology journalist and author Kate Russell.
On 11th May, previous WISE Chair Nela Brown will be featuring in the campaign, discussing her PhD research, WISE@QMUL, G.Hack etc.
Visit www.bcs.org/itwomen to find out more.