Efforts to draw tech companies and talent, and keep them in the Philadelphia region have been a top priority in recent years, yet for every women in the local industry, there are two men, according to a new report. The disparity is something one local organization has been working to whittle away for the past 17 years.
Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology, a day-long event at West Chester East High School in West Chester, Pa., returned on Saturday, March 25 -- part of its ongoing efforts to show girls from grades 5th through 10th about the opportunities that could land in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
Last year, more than 600 girls from more than 100 schools took part in GETT, which brought leaders of STEM-related firms and universities from around the state and region – mostly women – to present. The 2016 event even included a helicopter landing from Sikorsky, which produces S-92A and S-76D helicopters as a division of Lockheed Martin.
“The GETT program inspires hundreds of girls each year by encouraging them to explore careers in STEM, and learn from dozens of successful female role models who work in a variety of technology-related fields,” said Gary Smith, president and CEO of the Chester County Economic Development Council, which presents GETT.
Judging by a new report from SmartAsset, Philadelphia could use the help.
Despite ranking 10th on its "Best Cities for Women in Tech in 2017" list, Philadelphia has a tech industry made up of mostly men. Women occupy just 32.3 percent of the computer and mathematical jobs in the market, SmartAsset said. The study analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau, taking the 59 largest U.S. cities that had enough tech workers to offer reliable data on the industry.
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