As recent studies indicate women are underrepresented in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) compared to men. Many women feel that their workplace is more geared towards men that there is a lack of support for women in STEM and that taking time off for family will impact their career opportunities.
The situation is similar when it comes to schools. Too many girls and women are held back by biases, social norms and expectations influencing the quality of the education they receive and the subjects they study. They are particularly under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and consequently in IT sector careers.
Taking into consideration the above mentioned, we’ve decided to create a Foundation Try IT under the auspices of the AGH University’s Institute of Computer Science. The foundation aims to strengthen the position of women and girls in the field of IT and new technologies, and to build a community that helps them in their careers. It is, therefore, an initiative that promotes and inspires women seeking career development and fulfillment in personal lives.
It is our priority to build a more diverse community in the tech industry. We encourage women to network and to improve their digital literacy, and successfully compete in work environments. In order to achieve this goal we are driving the social dialogue around and undertaking action to bring together industry leaders and advocates to engage, connect and inspire as well as to foster a community of experts who will help drive women forward in the tech industry.
Empowering girls and women to enter STEM fields of study and careers, and stay the course is our next priority. It requires improving the participation, achievement and continuation of girls and women in STEM education as well as enhancement of awareness of the importance of STEM education for girls and women.