That in 2016 just 26% of the jobs in IT were held by women? And that just 3% were held by African American women? Those numbers are way too low and I intend to change that or do something that will hopefully change it.
I think that if more kids are introduced to technology or STEM fields early on, that they can grow in it and eventually pursue a career. I stumbled into IT when I was trying to find my way in college. Although I've been in this field for over 10 years now, I wish I would've started earlier. I wish that when I attended conferences I wasn't one of the few women there, or one of the few black women. Not that I can't hold my own, but I know that we are capable of doing the work and adding to this field in amazing ways.
I started teaching technology classes to kids at my local rec center a little over 2 years ago to introduce the kids in my area to tech. This past April we held a technology summit for kids, that included small workshops exposing them to different types of tech, everything from Audio Visual to coding printers.
There are new classes starting in the fall, so I hope to see your kids there, you can register here for the September class and here for the October class. Make sure you sign up the newsletter so you stay up to date with the latest updates!