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Women in technology is a hot topic in the news today. As a Staffing professional for Microsoft, and leader of the Seattle Girl Geek Community, I am always eager to read about what educators and companies are doing to encourage and promote women in science related jobs. While major strides have been made in advocating women in science, unfortunately we still face a decline in women pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) degrees and staying in STEM related careers. Although nearly half of young people entering law, medicine and science in the United States are women, an alarming international trend shows a decline in the number of women majoring in computer science since the mid-1980s. Some of the statics to support the noted trends are the following:
Though there are relevant and important speculations as to why these issues exist, many educators and major companies have introduced strategic programs to encourage women to pursue and stay in STEM related jobs. Microsoft is an industry leader in driving solutions to address this problem, and is well known for attracting women to high tech careers. To achieve this reputation, the company has introduced a wide range of initiatives. Here are just a few of many of the amazing programs Microsoft has launched:
Outreach: The Women's Resource Group at Microsoft has created programs that provide girls with opportunities to interact with today's technology and learn about careers in the high-tech industry. Some of these programs include:
Role models: Recruiting qualified technical women and highlighting role models. Here are a few examples of the amazing women I partner with in the Online Services Division:
Benefits, networking and professional development: Whether you choose a management role, dive deep into a technology, or want to explore multiple professions, you'll find everything you need to drive your career at Microsoft. Here are just a few of many amazing resources Microsoft offers:
Again, this is just a high level summary of some of the resources and programs Microsoft has initiated over the years to promote women in science. I am proud to work for a company that truly recognizes the value of diversity, supports career development, and rewards great work.
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