There are many changes that need to take place to make women a more powerful force in the IT industry, but this is something that needs support from all sides including men, women, the government and the business world.
That was the message from W-Tech, the first dedicated recruitment showcase for women in IT held by womenintechnology.co.uk and the BCS, whose panel of successful females in technology said "we're all in this together".
In what was an information packed day, many issues were touched upon. High profile female technologists agreed that the UK needs pay audits, that IT education needs to change to make it more appealing to young girls, that maternity and paternity provisions need to become more equal and that women in IT should seek good mentors to help them in their careers.
"So many interesting things were discussed at W-Tech and so many points were raised" says Maggie Berry, Director of womenintechnology.co.uk and an organiser of W-Tech. "It was a great day packed full of positive messages which I hope the women that attended will take away and be able to put to good use in their careers. We've received some really positive feedback and already have ideas on how to make W-Tech bigger and better next year. Thanks to all that attended for making it such a success!"
W-Tech was held at the IET in London on 24th June. Around 1200 women who wanted to get on, or get into, the IT industry registered for the event which held a series of career development workshops, a CV clinic, recruitment fair and networking session. womenintechnology.co.uk and the BCS organised the event to address the lack of women in IT and the issues that those in the industry face, from the gender pay gap to the 'motherhood penalty'.