For more women in digitalisation

Digitalisation is changing our lives at an unprecedented speed: for Germany to remain successful tomorrow, we need the courage and innovative strength of all of us. We can do more. More women in digitalisation – from classrooms to business to politics.

#SheTransfomsIT. Here it starts.


Women in digitalisation

+ We are in the middle of the digital transformation of our society. Women need to be at the table in its development and implementation, be creative and use their perspective to develop new technologies for a diverse society. When it comes to digitalisation in Germany, we are not using the full potential available to us. Germany currently performs poorly in a European comparison with 17 % of women in the IT sector. We need more diversity to advance digitalisation in an innovative and comprehensive way.

Women shape digitalisation

+ Whether software development, IT security, STEM subjects, artificial intelligence or data analysis – digitalisation needs significantly more careers and opportunities for girls and women in all fields from the very beginning. Change begins with a new, motivating role model for girls in daycare, school and vocational training. Transformation is evident in gender-stereotype-free media as well as in the courses offered at universities. Transformation means a corporate culture that sees diversity as a condition for its own success. Politics can provide the framework for this, but we as a society must drive the transformation forward.


Teaching that excites

+ Getting girls excited about digitalisation, promoting digital skills early on – that’s fun and makes the difference for our future. Gender stereotypes must be broken down and female digital role models made visible: This will succeed above all if we strengthen the school subject of computer science for all and the teachers are sensitised to gender stereotypes and are digitally competent.

Contents that inspire

+ For this, we need to support teachers with good, gender-sensitive materials and train them for digital topics. Digital skills must be taught in all apprenticeships. Coding initiatives for girls and women are fun and awaken interest in digital professions.


Further develop study programmes

+ We need contemporary study programmes that are more interdisciplinary and diverse: Computer science topics should be included in non-disciplinary courses and vice versa. Networking opportunities between female students and digital companies must already be created at universities.

Transform research

+ In computer science courses, teachers should receive better didactic training and female scientists should become more visible. Overcoming the gender data gap must become an important research goal.


Empower women in digitalisation

+ Diverse teams are a guarantee for economic success. Recruiting events and employer branding can easily be geared towards women. Women’s networks and experts can be made visible and flexible working time models and further training for women can be offered especially in tech companies and IT departments this makes a difference.

Strengthening female digital founders

+ One thing is clear: women can do everything. But there is often a lack of role models. Female digital entrepreneurs will be strengthened if female role models become more visible and if awarding bodies in public procurement are staffed with equal numbers of women and men. In addition, we need more female investors in venture capital funds and self-committed reporting on the number of funded women.

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More women in the digital public sphere

+ We know how important role models are for young people. Therefore, we need to make many more women working on digital issues publicly visible. Online harassment of women must be punished more consistently and media algorithms must be checked for gender discrimination.

Stereotypes out of our heads

+ Digitalisation must be established as a girls’ issue from childhood onwards: This can be achieved if prizes are awarded for best practice examples, gender neutrality becomes obligatory for school and children’s books and labels are set up for advertisements without technology stereotypes.


More women in digital policy

+ Only when women are actively involved in making digital policy can Germany’s digital transformation be successful. 50 % more decisiveness, 50 % more courage! Women and men must write the rules and regulations for the new digital society on an equal footing. This applies to laws all the way to algorithms.

More diversity in public procurement

+ Particularly in the case of digitalisation and the use of AI systems in public administration, product-related, gender-neutral criteria should already be taken into account when awarding contracts. The federal government, the state governments and local authorities should also always ensure that they present themselves in a gender-equal manner.

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