As the world is moving toward digitization and innovative technologies, it is creating opportunities and challenges for working women all across the globe. Studies have shown that women are paid less than their male counterparts and hold fewer senior positions in science and technology. Several global organizations, including UNESCO, are trying to promote gender equality in the workplace.
Today, on the occasion of International Women in Engineering Day, this article will highlight how women contribute to the field and make it big in the industry. The development of a civilization can only be seen when all its participants, regardless of gender, come together and support each other for a successful future.
Women in AI Industry
Several studies have shown that the participation of women is less in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, the utilization of concrete practices is inspiring to promote gender equality in the workplace. Diversity in the workplace is integral to the success of an organization.
Businesses are mobilizing women on a mass scale to enter AI enterprises and become a part of the processes, from research to product launch. Several women in the field are helping others embark on their technology careers by mentoring them and removing some of the challenges that are standing in their way who have a technical background.
Women are often underrepresented in the technology industry; however, the new millennium made the AI industry witness a paradigm shift. Women are challenging the notion that AI is a male-dominated sector by debunking the stereotypes and showcasing their skills and expertise in the field of AI.
How to Encourage More Women in AI and ML Careers?
- Remove pay gap
It is essential to have pay and promotion transparency that can increase their interest in working for a company. According to a famous job portal, the gender pay gap in the tech industry range from 5-10%. The absence of more transparent conversations about salaries is also one of the primary reasons for stopping women from working for such companies.
- Inspiring role models
Inspiration for anything is very important to develop an interest in a field. Women role models always inspire other women to pursue careers in the AI industry and different advanced roles. Studies have shown that female junior-level employees may stay longer in an organization if they have women supervisors.
- Parental leave
Several pieces of research have shown that women employees in tech industries will leave their jobs after entering their thirties due to the lack of support for parents. Big tech companies have now started offering months-long maternity leave policies that even provide adoption and surrogate support. Many companies also allow parents to work flexible or remote hours.
- Encourage diversity
Women in the IT industry also inspire other underrepresented groups to participate in the industry. There may be initiatives to encourage diversity in the workplace with networking events and mentorship programs. Diversity can open up gates to foster innovation and unlock untapped talent to build better technology that serves humanity.
Some Prominent Women in Artificial Intelligence Industry
Women are making their mark in the AI industry by getting prominent positions in companies and climbing up to leadership positions. Women leaders are modifying the sector by becoming CEOs and CTOs in the leading IT departments. Their vision is distinct from their male counterparts, and it helps shape AI products and services, drive various business strategies, and ensure that decision-making processes include diverse perspectives.
There are women who hold some of the prominent roles in this profession. Some of the women in pioneering roles in the tech industry are:
- Mira Murati, Chief Technology Officer of OpenAI
- Ivana Bartoletti, Global Chief Privacy Officer of Wipro
- Animashree Anandkumar, Director of Machine Learning Research at NVIDIA
- Daniela L.Rus, Director of the MIT Computer Science and AI Laboratory
- Claudia Pohlink, Chief Expert Data at Deutsche Bahn
- Fei-Fei- Li, Co-Director at Standford Human-Centered AI Institute
ONPASSIVE Encouraging Diversity
Many huge IT companies are encouraging women to enter the realm of technology and take up jobs across different IT industries. ONPASSIVE is one of those companies that always take the initiatives to motivate women to take up prominent responsibilities in the sector. A significant example is the collaboration of ONPASSIVE with the World Women Entrepreneur Summit.
It demonstrated the dedication of the company while encouraging women in the IT industry. ONPASSIVE aims to empower women employees and entrepreneurs with this partnership. Through such initiatives, ONPASSIVE is also strengthening its brand reputation and highlighting itself to favor diversity and inclusivity, which is the need of the hour.
Women are breaking stereotypes and altering the dynamics of the AI industry. They are excelling in research and academia, leaving an indelible mark on the AI landscape by driving entrepreneurship and holding leadership roles. The contribution of women in the sector is reshaping the industry while inspiring many others to embrace AI as a career path. The AI industry is still evolving, and it is essential to encourage women, recognize their efforts, and celebrate their achievements as they are making it big in this dynamic sector.
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