The current presidential administration has been instrumental in advancing the cause for individuals to become more technologically conscious. This was highlighted during the 2013 State of the Union address, an address that the whole Teens in Tech team and tech community in general found successful in encouraging teens to focus on STEM in the future. The work of startups and organizations like Code2040 have helped to make this field more diverse, something the current administration also hopes will be an outcome of this initiative.
The White House has also brought more attention to their Tech Inclusion initiative with a White House page dedicated to it. The White House Tech Inclusion initiative isn’t meant to make the tech community only more racially diverse, Tech Inclusion is meant to make the community diverse in aspects of gender as well. Here are some shocking statistics.
In the 1980s, nearly 40% of all programmers and informational technology employees were women. However, this number reached an all time low in 2010 with only 4% of all programmers and technology professionals being women. The White House technology initiative would make way for increased awareness of technical opportunities to minorities and women.
To read more on the White House Tech Inclusion initiative, and to have more information on it emailed to your inbox, check out their dedicated page. Also, check out two articles from the White House blog about the initiative.