Written by Andria Chek
“And the Cecil B. DeMille Award winner is…Oprah Winfrey!”
At the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, Winfrey’s speech became the talk of the town. She sought to empower women to take a stand against injustice and inequality by creating and telling their own stories. She didn’t limit her statements to only address women in the entertainment industry, but rather all women. With that, representation of women today is more important than ever, and we can see it happening across the realm of tech. Gender pay discrimination and lack of women in tech are just a few of many concerns that spotlight what’s been going on outside of Hollywood.
According to The New York Times, Iceland took progressive action to make it illegal to pay women less than men. Beginning this new year, companies are now legally required to get equal pay certification from the government. Maybe Google could learn a thing or two from Iceland, after being scrutinized for underpaying their female employees.
It was even noted in USA Today that at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest consumer tech conference, all keynote speakers were male. This brought CES unexpected backlash, and hashtags #CESSoMale and #HereWeAre, were generated on Twitter to expand women’s voices. If there weren’t enough women at CES, you can look forward to the Women in Technology Summit next week and the Wonder Women Tech Washington, D.C. Global Summit later this year.
Additionally, well-known philanthropist Melinda Gates has put one foot forward as she calls for the inclusion of more women. Gates strives to use her computer science expertise by making tech as accessible and interesting to women, paving the way for women to enter the tech world. She even states, “Women did not create the barriers in tech and we cannot break them down all alone. Male allies are absolutely critical in this work and we’ll need more of them. But we can lead the way.”
Efforts such as these shed light on gender inequality and the need for diversity. Clearly, female under-representation hasn’t gone unnoticed, and the fight for justice for all women is going to keep moving forward.