Last March, we learned in the pan-European JFD x BVA study “Digital Equality: shaping the future with new leaders” that preconceived ideas are still alive and well.
Indeed, it seems that for the majority of Europeans surveyed, men have more skills in tech than women, and that the essential qualities to be an entrepreneur (self-confidence, ambition, leadership) are not “feminine” qualities.
Also, my angle may seem a bit “déjà vu” for the most knowledgeable among you when it comes to the history of digital, but I think it’s still useful to remind the general public of the technologies that we owe to women and that we can no longer live without today.
It is also essential that everyone understands that women are as capable as men of working in digital, and that they are as interested in digital as men.
Also, don’t be fooled by their low proportion in the field. Although a minority today, they used to have a central role in the discovery and development of digital innovations.
So here is my selection of inspiring female tech pioneers who have changed the world.
Discover or rediscover one of them every week.
Gwennan Jarno, JFD Ambassador
Gwennan is 17 years old and is in her first year of preparatory studies at Epita in Lyon. As a JFD and BECOMTECH ambassador, she participates in various meetings in her region to talk about gender inequalities and orientation, especially in the digital world. Dreaming of a career in the digital world, she notably had the opportunity to participate in a project during Codeweek Paris 2018, which taught the basics of code to novices for a morning. She also took part in the International Leadership Academy of the German association GIRLS GEARING UP (GGU) in Berlin, with young girls from all over the world to discover the basics of female leadership.