Women continue to narrow the gender gap in the Tech world
According to data from the Women's Institute of Spain (Instituto de las Mujeres), the glass ceiling on the gender gap in the world of technology has been breaking thanks to the increase in female participation in sectors associated with this field. There are many women who currently hold important positions in this industry. According to UNESCO figures, until 2021 the percentage of women in the technology industry was above 31%, this statistic has presented an increase year after year.
In commemoration of International Women's Day, we not only remember the fight for gender equality, but also praise the work of those who, with their example, have made their way into the technology industry, generating knowledge and great contributions for a much equal future, with more opportunities for all.
A great woman in a great world
CCSolutions.io spoke with Gisela Torres, current Sr. Cloud Architect at Microsoft, about her professional career and her perspective on the industry, and we managed to get into the shoes of a woman who, with more than a decade in this sector, allowed us to know how this gender gap is lived from the inside.
Her arrival at Microsoft was the consequence of a path that she began to travel after seeing the 1995 film Hackers directed by Ian Softley, in which the role played by Angelina Jolie caused a great impact on her and motivated her to get to know about this world of technology. As well, for Gisela as for many women who enter this sector the road has not been easy. She tells us that, thanks to the many „NO“ she encountered from her IT formation process, to those first jobs in the tech world, they have made her a strong woman who works much harder to achieve her goals and with a strong step to get to places that allow her to develop and demonstrate that this is not just an environment designed for men. In the world of Information Technology (IT) there is room for everyone, since knowledge does not depend on gender.
Gisela's arrival at the Microsoft offices was preceded by a blog she ran, where since 2009 she shared information and knowledge about programming, cloud services and especially Azure, this Microsoft service in the Cloud that has allowed so many companies optimize tasks and enter this digital age. She emphasizes that her relationship with Microsoft went from less to more, thanks to the work that was developed between her, a great connoisseur of the tool, and various Microsoft members who communicated on a recurring basis to request their collaboration in different projects and events, to the point of presenting a formal proposal to make her part of the team.
One of the most interesting moments of this conversation was when she shared her opinion on what should characterize women in technology. Although she realized that her path is not a definitive one, the most important thing is the interest and openness to this world of knowledge of IT, to dare to know and develop in this field without fear of failure.
Like many others, she shows that the tech world isn't just for men and that many of the advances have been made thanks to innovative women like Anna Navarro, vice president of NetApp, Susan Wojccicki, CEO of YouTube, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook (among others), and that this has constantly contributed to the improvement of experiences, the development of new software and technologies that allow digital environments to evolve and become more and more inclusive and better for everyone.
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