It’s not always a man’s world; but how many articles have you read lately about the lack of women in top positions within technical fields?
Or about women in equal positions not being paid the same as their male counterparts? Does all this ring a bell?
In the early days girls chose their profession depending on gender or social role models. Nowadays things have changed. Thanks to the German nationwide initiative Girls’ Day, the largest career orientation project for girls aged 10 and upwards, they now have the chance to look into possible professions previously unknown to them, diving into mostly male dominated professions.
Since the start of this initiative in 2001, a total of around 1.8 million girls have taken part. It is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens and Women and Youth.
In order to direct the girls’ attention to IT professions worldwide the Girls in ICT Day (information and communication technologies) was also established and is celebrated around the globe in Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Japan, South Korea and Africa - to name but a few.
In Germany alone, companies and organizations take part with around 10,000 Girls’ Day events - Software AG is one of them. So, on Thursday 26th April we again grabbed at the chance to open our doors to 36 motivated girls. During this day, female pupils had the opportunity to understand what Software AG does, getting direct insights into a PC or learning how to create their own website.
With the help of Arduino, a little computer, the girls received hands-on experience on coding/programming. Our 36 enthusiastic participants were busy programming things such as creating a string of lights or getting a toy car to drive.
For companies like ours Girls' Day has evolved as a vital instrument for recruitment purposes, providing a positive influence on the image of technology-related professions - while simultaneously opening the doors to future female talents.
We are proud that we are able to help expand a young girl’s spectrum of vocational choices and possibly change their traditional common attitudes towards certain career paths. Instead they will feel more empowered to choose what they want to do according to their interests.
Who knows what the future holds – one of the young attendees at our Girls’ Day event today might join us and become one of the many talented female members of our recently launched Women@Software AG Network in years to come. Our forum enables women to connect internally - where they can learn from each other, network and share their experiences and ideas for success.
Let's rewrite history by supporting young girls in following their dreams regardless of gender clichés and quotas.
“Here’s to successful women – may we know them…may we be them.” Jennifer Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, Software AG.