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Women in MobileMany articles have been appearing lately discussing the lack of women available to fill positions utilizing mobile/wireless technologies – in every industry and at every level, as well as the possible reasons for lack of women choosing to go this direction. Given the large number of openings and tremendous shortage of skilled people to fill these openings, the problem is gaining increased attention – here in Michigan, as well as nationally – as employers seek ways to fill their ever-growing list of openings. Our education community is also seeing the challenge in recruiting women for mobile skills training where its available.

Statistics showcase the problem:

  • In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), but only 3% of high school girls select computer science as a potential college major*
  • In 1984, 37% of computer science grads were women. Today, 12% are women*
  • Women make up 50% of the U.S. workforce, but only 25% of jobs in technical or computing fields.*
  • 54% of women in tech leave their employers mid-career; double the turnover rate of men**
  • A study on Silicon Valley startups indicated only 12% of engineers and 20% of software developers are women**

Even Google has admitted that 83% of its tech employees are male. The numbers of women specifically in mobile/wireless tech careers are even lower, and harder to quantify.

As the state’s trade association for mobile/wireless technologies and all who use them, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) will soon be launching a statewide ‘Women in Mobile Tech’ Advisory Council in an effort to find solutions to this issue. We will be seeking participation from women:

  • working in mobile/wireless tech,
  • working in industries where mobile/wireless tech is increasingly being utilized, or
  • interested in learning more about mobile/wireless tech and the career and business opportunities it can provide.

We will also be seeking participation from companies in every industry who are interested in aiding our efforts to bring more women into the mobile/wireless technologies field.

This Council will be chaired by Janette Phillips, formerly the Executive Director of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT), and currently the Director of Business Development for MTAM member firm, Chrysalis Global.

We are currently seeking women who would have interest in being part of the Steering Committee for this Council who will help to define its Mission and Goals. Later announcements will be made when members are being accepted into the Council.

If Steering Committee participation is of interest to you, please contact us ASAP at info@GoMobileMichigan.org(Please note, participation in the Council and the Steering Committee does require MTAM membership. If you are not currently a member of MTAM but want to be involved, information about Business and Individual memberships can be found at http://GoMobileMichigan.org/membership).

We look forward to hearing from you, and to working with you to build a broader array of mobile-related opportunities for women across our State while increasing awareness among women and girls regarding the career and business opportunities to be found in every industry as a result of mobile/wireless technologies.

 

*Statistics from the Christian Science Monitor, ‘Why so Few Women in Tech’.

** Statistics from TechRepublic, ‘The State of Women in Technology’.

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