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Careers for Women in Technology Companies Are a Global Challenge


A notable difference in technology culture is a greater number of female role models in the U.S.

Gender bias in technology is a problem for women on both sides of the Atlantic.

Credit: Ashley Seil Smith

Gender bias in technology is a problem for women on both sides of the Atlantic, although the challenges and opportunities they face can differ due to political and cultural divergences.

For example, the wide availability of paid maternity leave and state-subsidized child care in Europe makes juggling motherhood and a career less of a factor, compared to the U.S.

Meanwhile, discrimination in Europe is a reflection of the technology industry's predominantly elderly male makeup, while class systems encourage a basic condescension toward women.

Although U.K. schools have a national science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) education curriculum, one female entrepreneur notes STEM teaching in the U.S. "might be more patchy, but it can also be more creative."

Another notable difference in technology culture is a greater number of female role models in the U.S., says Vanessa Evers, a professor of computer science at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

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