The ImpacTalk platform has invited me to participate in the discussion of women in technology along some valuable and strong female leaders, Denia Kanellopoulou and Chrysavgi Salaga and coordinated by journalist Alexandra Kaimenou.
The underrepresentation of women in the field of STEM sciences and research is a given fact. No more than two years ago, only 4% of women in Greece participated in STEM fields compared to a correspnding 20% of men. According to a recent McKinsey survey, 13 trillion dollars would be added to the global economy if women were hired into digital fields and jobs at the same rate that men are hired. Businesses, international corporations, the Greek economy as well as the global economy have very much to lose from this situation, as they lack the creativity, knowledge and expertise of women. Some of the issues that we discussed are:
- What challenges do women face in technology and research?
- Why is it important to increase their rates and what are the things we need to do to achieve this?
- Is it true that in these traditionally male-dominated fields, women face countless stereotypes and prejudices than in other, less male-dominated fields?
Full episode can be found here.