Writing for USA Today, Areeba Kamal ’16 outlines what it takes to succeed as a young woman interested in a science- or tech-related career
“While employers at technology companies are quick to blame our education system for the dearth of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, a new report shows that increasing numbers of qualified women are choosing to leave the tech sector because they find the workplace culture alienating,” she writes.
What helps women fight this trend? “Mentorship, resilience, and self-knowledge.” Exactly the qualities embodied in Mount Holyoke College sophomore computer science major Eva Snyder, who taken on the challenges of being a woman in technology “with a renewed drive to share her love for programming with younger students.”
For Snyder, being a woman in technology is about awe-inspiring opportunities, even as institutional and cultural barriers persist,” Kamal writes of Snyder, who—with fellow computer science major Katie Ho—organized a hackathon at Mount Holyoke on November 7 and 8 with the goal of having as many women as men from a variety of colleges participate
Snyder’s MHC computer science mentor and advisor, Audrey St. John, also shares her own experiences.
“Even if role models aren’t in abundance, my hope is that women and individuals from other underrepresented groups give the field a chance. It is incredibly empowering to gain a background in tech,” St. John says in the article.