Empowerment Through Technology: Do You Tech?

Wait, lemme get this straight: in 1985, 38 percent of college graduates with computer science degrees were women; in 2003, that number had dropped to 28 percent.

The number of women getting into tech is actually falling? Seriously?

Thank god for conferences like Women Who Tech, then. Held yearly via phone and web, Women Who Tech gathers hundreds of women working in and interested in fields of technology to inspire change and transform the world. This year, it'll be on Tuesday, May 12th, running from 11am ET to 6pm ET. Panels will cover breaking through the digital ceiling, launching your own startup, diversity issues within social media, and much much more.

But what does it matter if women are involved in technology?

That kind of social Darwinism is not only a little nutty, but it's dangerous for us all, especially people seeking social change and social justice. Let's break it down.

Increasingly, we're reliant on technology systems to facilitate communication and connection, which in turn is the foundation for change. When you look at tech systems, it's helpful to think of them as little ecosystems that need lots of things to keep them going. One of the things ecosystems need most is a diverse set of members contributing to its overall health-- you can't have a planet with just rhinos running around, right? You need plants for the rhinos to eat, bugs to work with the plants, water to make things grow, maybe a few lions to eat the rhinos.

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