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Why We Need More Women In Technology, by Peter Diamandis in Forbes

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Peter Diamandis writes:

We need more women in technology. In 2012, women made up only 26 percent of the computing workforce, out of 3,816,000 computing-related occupations. (Department of Labor Current Population Survey, 2012)

In the same year, only 18 percent of computer science majors were women.

Women hold only 11 percent of executive technical roles at privately held, venture-backed companies. (Dow Jones VentureSource, 2012)

Only 7 percent of venture capital goes to women-owned businesses, and of those venture capitalists investing in startups, only 4.2 percent are women.

These and other telling statistics are indicative of a huge problem!

It’s time for a shift

I have had the extraordinary privilege of working with some of the most inspiring, ambitious female leaders of our time.

I want to devote this blog to them.

Women are primed to lead in this new era of innovation.

I’m proud that each year’s Singularity University Graduate program has some 40 percent women attendees.

In this blog I’d like to share the stories from three extraordinary women: Anousheh Ansari, Lynn Tilton, and Megan Smith.


Megan Smith

(CTO of United State of America, Google’s Director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach)

“There is enormous potential to tackle the world’s toughest challenges with women and men working together on solutions, tremendous opportunity to improve our communities and our countries and together to elevate our global human condition through entrepreneurship and “10X thinking.” It requires courage, rolling up our sleeves, and moving outside of our comfort zone and our traditional ways of thinking.

“Gloria Steinem said, ‘Don’t think about making women fit the world—think about making the world fit women.’ As an industry, we are just at the start of understanding this insight and how we might change and adapt our tech culture to better accommodate so many more innovators.

“If not now, when? If not us, who? Take action.

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

Quotes from Anousheh Ansari and Lynn Tilton are in the full article:

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