by Kirsten Paul, Head of Clark.tech
Pale, male, and stale – that’s the perception many have of the tech sector all around the world.
Unfortunately, data doesn’t dispel those myths as just around a quarter of those in the sector are female (though, encouragingly, data from 2023’s Women in Tech survey has shown that since 2019 more women have entered the sector).
Over the last decade or so that I have worked with tech organisations, I have seen these changes for myself; with not only more female leaders coming to the table, but also more strong and empowered women working across marketing and technical roles – particularly in the Scottish scene.
We are fortunate that the tech sector in Scotland is booming – from start-ups to unicorns – so we are surrounded by innovative brilliance. However, the next generation of women in tech will only materialise if there are people for them to look up to.
The value of role models cannot be underplayed – being surrounded by people who can inspire is so important. That doesn’t just start in the workplace – it is vital from school onwards. After all, just think about how often we reflect on that one teacher that believed that we could achieve great things.
That’s why taking the time to celebrate those inspirational women in tech is so important.
This is something myself and the wider team at Clark are incredibly passionate about, and it is why we are proud to be supporting the Scotland Women in Tech Awards 2023 as its media partner.
After a brief hiatus, the awards are back and stronger than ever. With some new and returning categories covering everything from rising star to the leader of the year, nominations are now open ahead of the awards ceremony on 2ndNovember.
More information on the SWiT awards and how to nominate is available here: