Working together towards more diversity in tech

5 mins

By Panama Harris, June 20,2022

“We mostly find women in marketing and communications in the digital landscape. It’s rare to see more than 10% of women working in the more technical fields***. I think the “male geek” trope is more influential than we think, not only for young women but also for those they interact with regularly.”

Sarah Ben Allel, VP of People at Qonto

“From the moment they apply for a work-study program in tech, many women find themselves overwhelmed with rejection letters and even silence on behalf of certain companies. This confrontation with the reality of the job market can feel like quite the letdown, and can easily lead to discouragement.”

Dorothée Roch, cofounder of BECOMTECH

“These numbers show us that inclusion is a real problem, whose origins stretch beyond the recruitment stage. At its source, we noticed a real lack of diffusion of pertinent information towards young women about which sorts of jobs they can ostensibly apply for. It is essential that we make them aware of their potential impact on the digital transformation of society.”

Sarah Ben Allel, VP of People at Qonto

“The lack of diversity is baked into our society: we’ve noticed its beginnings at a young age in women. Only 29% of high school girls understand the tech program curriculum versus 46% of high school boys, according to Ipsos/Epitech. Tech isn’t a field we instinctively orient them towards.”

Dorothée Roch, cofounder of BECOMTECH

“’Women don’t get into tech because it doesn’t interest them’: an oft-stated reason to explain the lack of diversity in computer sciences that no longer holds true today.”

Dorothée Roch, cofounder of BECOMTECH

“It would be unfair to say that the problem comes from self-censorship or lack of self-confidence, which is to say that the responsibility falls on women. By changing its policy on inclusion, a company can inspire others to change their practices. At Qonto, we encouraged our interns to present their roles to other teams.”

Sarah Ben Allel, VP of People at Qonto

“We need to go farther, but we need to do it together. We need a Next 40 for diversity.”

Dorothée Roch, cofounder of BECOMTECH and Sarah Ben Allel, VP of People at Qonto

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Panama Harris
Panama is a Copywriter at Qonto with over 15 years' previous experience working as a freelancer around the world. Her mission is to take the mystery out of entrepreneurship and make it more accessible.
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