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Update: California State Assembly member Jerry Hill introduced HR-34 in Sacramento to recognize Dare 2B Digital’s efforts to encourage more young women to pursue careers in STEM. Pictured left-right: Staci Lyons, Oracle; Ruth Stergiou, Invent Your Future; Irina Halsey, eBay; and Lise Edwards, Oracle.

Dare 2B Digital is produced by Invent Your Future Foundation, a California 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation formed to advance education, instruct individuals for the purpose of improving or developing their capabilities and educate the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community.

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Invent Your Future’s Dare 2B Digital programs are made possible through the generosity of leading corporations and individuals who share our passion for educating young women on exciting careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math. Want to donate? Click here to make a donation online.

OUR INSPIRATION

The U.S. is falling behind in developing its future workforce of technologists.

  • First-year undergraduate women interested in computer science majors dropped 79% 2000 – 2009.(1)
  • Women held 25% of IT occupations in 2009 – down from 36% in 1991.(2)
    Computer science is the only field in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics where women’s participation has decreased.
  • Diverse perspectives boost innovation, productivity and competitiveness. IT patents from mixed-gender teams are cited up to 42% more – yet U.S. women are involved in only 9% of them.(2)

Here are more statistics regarding women and technology:

  • The median age of women in computing and mathematical occupations is 42. (U.S. Department of Labor, unpublished)
  • Of the approximately 903,000 women holding computing and mathematical occupations in the U.S, about a quarter million are between the ages of 25 and 34, and another quarter million are between the ages of 35 and 44. (U.S. Department of Labor, unpublished)
  • The average female senior software developer earns between $74,660 – $100,591 per year and has at least a bachelor’s degree. (Payscale.com)
  • In 2008, technical women earned an average salary of $70,370 (Dice.com via The Facts)
  • Of the 20 occupations with the highest median earnings for women, five are computing occupations: computer software engineers, computer and information systems managers, computer programmers, computer scientists and systems analysts, and network systems and data communications analysts. (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Women in the computing workforce are predominantly white; about 2% are African-American, 4% are Asian, and 1% are Latina. (By The Numbers)
  • More than half (56%) of women in technology leave their employers at the mid-level point in their careers (10-20 years). Of the women who leave, 24% take a non-technical job in a different company; 22% become self-employed in a technical field; 20% take time out of the workforce; 17% take a government or non-profit technical job; 10% go to a start-up company; and 7% take a non-technical job within the same company. (The Athena Factor via The Facts)
  • About 82% of technical women have a partner who works full time, compared with 37% of technical men. (Anita Borg Institute)

ABOUT THE EVENT

The conference is designed to open the eyes of young women in 7th to 10th grade to the pervasiveness of computing technologies in their everyday life and the wide spectrum of exciting and creative careers that leverage an education in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering.

  • Local technologists from companies like Oracle, eBay, Cisco, Microsoft, Mozilla, NetApp and Symantec will teach sessions including: Blogging, e-Commerce, Computer Networking, Robotics, Computer Programming and more
  • Parents can attend sessions on Financing College Education, Online Safety and Handling Teen Stress
  • Sponsored by local technology companies

(1) Research by the American Association of University Women and other entities (2) The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)