At some point, most women have faced comments questioning their suitability for roles typically dominated by men. This raises crucial questions about equal opportunities and pursuing our dreams. Our CEO, Jarūnė Preikšaitė, recently appeared on LRT Radio’s “Parastes” to shed light on these issues and talk about women in tech.
The Myth of ‘Not for Girls’
Remember when you were a kid, and certain toys were “not for girls”? Fast forward to today, and we’re hearing the same about careers in tech.
Young girls often hear that tech careers aren’t suitable for them, pushing them toward other fields. Jarūnė emphasized the “Empowering Girls” project, a collaboration with Junior Achievement.
The Power of Belief
What’s the secret to getting more women into tech? Believe it or not, it starts with you and me.
“We need to share diverse stories about women in IT to inspire them to take the first steps into the tech sector,” – says Jarūnė.
The Stubborn Stereotypes in Tech
Jarūnė noted that stereotypes have remained largely unchanged over the years.
Another common stereotype is that a programmer is a hoodie-wearing hermit.
“Many think that programming is boring, and all you do is sit with a hoodie in a corner and spend all your day in front of a computer screen”, Jarūnė points out.
While understanding of technology evolves gradually, stereotypes persist, especially in emerging fields like cybersecurity. Jarūnė clarifies:
For those under the impression that you need to be based in a major city to achieve success in the tech industry, it’s time to rethink that notion.
Supporting women in tech starts with believing in their abilities and continues with education and challenging societal norms, as well as sharing success stories to inspire action.
Listen to the whole conversation (in Lithuanian) here.
The #EmpoweringGirls project is initiated by Lietuvos Junior Achievement and Women Go Tech, where the program alumnae and other female professionals visit schools to empower girls to choose the tech industry as a future career path.