By: Hilary Foulkes Hilary has always been a bit of a geeky girl, and when she started taking up STEM subjects in college, she was taken aback by the gender imbalance in STEM fields.
Hilary now works as a software engineer at the University of Sussex, but she still finds it difficult to navigate the complexities of the gender divide when it comes to STEM careers.
Hilaries own background is in electronics, and her career is driven by a passion for engineering and the technology behind it.
Hilarry, a software developer and engineer in the UK, says that she feels a strong sense of pride in the achievements of women in the field of technology, and is keen to see the UK as a place where the future looks a lot brighter.
She’s proud of the achievements women in tech have made over the last decade, and says that they are helping to shape the future.
Hilaria says that there are a lot of misconceptions about women in STEM.
She points to an interview that was done by BBC Radio 4’s Science and Technology Correspondent, Rachel Whetstone, where she described women as “fearless pioneers”, and suggested that women are “not really innovators, they’re not really entrepreneurs, they aren’t really inventors”.
Hilary says that this is “ridiculous”.
She says that when she went to university, she thought that a lot more women would apply to tech companies.
However, she says that it’s important to point out that it doesn’t take a genius to make something, and that there’s an enormous amount of hard work involved to create a product that a company can use.
She says: I think that it is an unfair stereotype that all women are engineers, because there’s so much work that goes into that.
Hilars point to other examples of how women have come to dominate in STEM, such as the recent announcement by Microsoft to double the number of women engineers on its workforce.
Hilarie says that in the past few years, the gender gap in tech has started to narrow, but that the gap in STEM skills is still “really wide”.
Hilaria explains that the lack of women at the top of tech has also been reflected in the way that companies are looking for talent.
She tells me that it often feels like a “boys club” when it came to applying to companies.
She explains: You’re kind of at the bottom of the totem pole, and you don’t really have the support of your peers.
There’s a lot less diversity in the company culture, which is really discouraging for women.
Hilara also points out that companies tend to pay less attention to women in general.
She suggests that women tend to be “a little bit underrepresented” in the top ranks of tech companies, and suggests that it could be because of the way they are perceived by the wider community.
She also says that women aren’t paid equally in tech, with women often getting paid less than men.
Hilare says that while it is important to focus on STEM skills, it is equally important to acknowledge that there is a gender gap.
Hilaire says that the key thing that needs to happen is for women to stop being “somewhat underrepresented in the leadership ranks”.
She also emphasises that there should be more emphasis on making technology more accessible to people who don’t have a technical background.
For Hilary, the way to do that is to create spaces for women in industry to meet each other, and to share ideas.
She believes that this should be a goal for the industry as a whole, and encourages people to start their own companies.
Hilery says that what is important about women and the internet in general is that it can be used to create more diversity in tech.
She thinks that the fact that women have always had access to the internet has also helped create a space for women who are less tech savvy to get involved.
Hilarine says that many women in her life are “really passionate about this stuff”, and that she hopes that the future will see more women getting involved in technology, in all fields.
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There needs to be more women in that industry.
She adds that it will be very exciting to see more girls who are interested in the STEM fields, as they are more likely to find jobs in the future, and the future is here.
Hilari’s new book, The Woman’s Machine, is out in October.
Hilay says that her book is a personal story, and aims to “tell the stories of women who have been able to change the world”.
Hilare adds that the book is not meant to be a general guide to women’s roles in tech careers, but is focused on a specific woman, who has achieved significant results.
Hilario explains that in her own career