Jewelbots CEO Sara Chipps says women are significantly underrepresented in technology, composing only 18% of computer science majors and 19% of Advanced Placement computer science test takers.
Chipps notes the de-socialization of girls from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines starts early.
She believes companies can close the STEM gender gap by hiring more senior women managers. "If you get diversity in management and people making hiring decisions, it makes for a much more diverse team," Chipps says.
Her Jewelbots firm makes programmable bracelets and other open source products for communication and connection that can be fun as well as educational for girls.
Chipps also advises tech leaders to "recognize that bias you might have of thinking as women inherently as junior, and start looking at them as people who can be owners of their work, and people who learned a lot over a long period of time."
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