Like all good stories, the story of women in technology starts with an obstacle to overcome.
Simply put, women are underrepresented in the technology sector. Because fewer women have been introduced to technology as a potential career path, women make up only 27 percent of the technology workforce and less than 20 percent of college students graduating with a technology-related degree.
However, statistics like these fail to tell the entire story of women in technology.
There’s a place that is eliminating barriers for women in technology, where women are being empowered with the technological agency to benefit their careers, where the number of women choosing to pursue technology careers is increasing. That place is the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT) at Indiana University.
As the nation’s first and only large-scale interdisciplinary, university-based initiative to encourage and promote the participation, empowerment, and achievement of women students, faculty, staff, and alumnae in technology, we are providing women a place at the technology table. Doing so benefits not only women with great potential, but also the communities and businesses in which they live and work.
With the launch of For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign, we are seeking the critical private support that’s necessary to build upon CEWiT’s great momentum. With your help, we can rewrite the story of women in technology. And when we do, the statistics will begin to tell the true story of women in technology: one of growth, advancement, and infinite possibilities for all.