Despite concerns, there is great hope for Arizona. Our state boasts three cities in the Top 50 of smartasset.com’s 2017 analysis of the best cities for women in technology.
are not provided the immediate respect that some Leaders in technology and education need of their male counterparts are afforded. Women in to change the context of their environment Arizona still fight to earn the respect of their peers, to not only become more accepting and employees, partners and buyers. empowering towards women but also to support While Arizona still needs to make improvements the elimination of gender biases that disrupt to see more female leaders in technology-related the learning cycle. Empowerment programs fields, we are closing the gender gap faster than aren’t enough if we do not make changes at the many other well-established technology hubs in psychological level. the country. The solution for expansive change isn’t More also can be done during early education Steven G. Zylstra obvious but leaders in technology are beginning to encourage women to explore STEM education to have serious conversations about gender and Technology programs. This starts with teachers, parents and racial equality, especially here in Arizona. It is up investment in educational programs that not to these leaders to empower women by funding equal education only accept but also celebrate young women pursuing STEM, such opportunities and providing avenues for women to pursue career as the newly launched Girls in Tech Phoenix Chapter. According paths in technology, as well as other STEM fields. To move forward, to the Psychology of Women Quarterly study, women as of 2016 we must continue to foster a willingness to develop new solutions. were less likely than men to pursue careers in STEM fields due to The Arizona Technology Council has been a leader in advocating factors such as gender ratios in STEM classes, lack of support from for diversity in technology and working to propel, educate and teachers and mentors, and lack of inclusion and civility. empower women in technology, as well as young girls interested Despite concerns, there is great hope for Arizona. Our state boasts in STEM careers, through programs like Women in the Workforce. three cities in the Top 50 of smartasset.com’s 2017 analysis of the This committee and its events are organized by and feature some of best cities for women in technology. Tucson, Chandler and Phoenix the strongest female technology leaders in Arizona. The events were rank 23rd, 31st and 50th, respectively, in this study that analyzes created specifically to empower women by giving them a voice, and gender pay gap, income after housing costs, technology jobs filled are held in both Phoenix and Tucson. To find out more about the by women and four-year technology employment growth. That’s not Women in the Workforce Committee and its events, we encourage to say female technology founders haven’t had more than their fair you to visit the Council’s website ataztechcouncil.org. share of obstacles in Arizona. It is still more difficult for entrepreneurs who are women to access capital and funding, and women leaders Steven G. Zylstra is president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. 64
AB | July - August 2017
Published on Jul 19, 2017
Don’t miss reading about this year’s class of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. This issue spotlights the people and associati...