A Stage for Women in IT

A stage for women in IT

 

In the scope of the initiative www.it-feuer.ch the Swiss Informatics Society (SI) publishes portraits of women in IT from June to December 2021. SI has been looking for female role models and found many women who have made their way into IT even if IT is still a men’s world.

In 2020, only about 10 % of all IT apprentices and computer science students were women. IT is still a male industry. Why ?  Not all men have a steep career in IT, have a lot of influence and high salaries. But today nearly all middle and upper management positions in IT companies are held by men and most computer science professors are male. SI wishes to contribute to a change and looks for women working in IT who are fond of their job and who would like to encourage young woman to enter IT. Many young women are lacking good role models, but they exist. Hundreds of women have graduated in Computer Science or finished an apprenticeship in Switzerland since the middle 1980s and are now working in industry or academia – as software developers, scientists, computer specialists, consultants, project leaders, group leaders, CTOs, CEOs, etc. SI gives these women a stage and makes their stories visible.

The portraits below are just a start. We will continue publishing more portraits as we receive them. Enjoy reading them and stay tuned!

The quotes are messages to teenage girls who think about their further education and future profession.

 

.Andrea Kennel  

Andrea Kennel

Entrepreneur and lecturer

“Informatics is communicative, creative and helps shape the future. Engage and get involved in one of the many areas of Informatics.”

Interview (in German)

.Arianna Blasi  

Arianna Blasi

Research Assistant at Università della Svizzera Italiana

“May your curiosity be stronger than your fears. I believe no human being is fearless, and no life choice is easy. But passion and grit can lead your way through it all.”

Interview (in English)

.
Barbara Weber
 

Barbara Weber

Professor and Dean at the University of St. Gallen

“Informatics is extremely versatile, provides great benefits and is an awful lot of fun.”

Interview (in German)

.
Claudia Stucki
 

Claudia Stucki

IT system specialist at ETH Zurich

“The most exciting sights are usually not located next to the train station. Orientate yourself and also go in a direction that not everyone gets displayed on their city map.”

Interview (in German)

.
Katja Schibler
 

Katja Schibler

IT project manager

“Informatics is more than 0 and 1. It is the basis for trendy products and services in today’s everyday life, in which you can incorporate your ideas. Cooperation and communication in a team is of essential importance. And as a woman you are just right here!”

Interview (in German)

.
Nora Sailer
 

Nora Sailer

Entrepreneur, software developer

“Imagine how you will feel in the future when you get up in the morning and imagine your workday. Does it feel tough? Leave it alone, because you will probably have to spend many years with that tough feeling. Does it feel motivating? Then it might be something for you.”

Interview (in German)

.
Nathalie Aeby
 

Nathalie Aeby

ICT system engineer

“Informatics is such a big field, there’s something for everyone.”

Interview (in German)

.
Ulrike Glavitsch
 

Ulrike Glavitsch

CTO in her own start-up company

„IT is diverse, interdisciplinary and offers many career opportunities.“

Interview (in German)

.
Monica Landoni
 

Monica Landoni

Senior Researcher at Università della Svizzera Italiana

“Choose what makes you excited and challenges you. You can make the difference!”

Interview (in English)

.
Carolin Baumgartner
 

Carolin Baumgartner

Security officer in the tax office of the Canton of Berne, Lecturer UniFr

“Just do it 😊.“

Interview (in German)

.
Sharol Süess-O’Reggio
 

Sharol Süess-O’Reggio

Product Owner

“You are in charge of designing your life. Your circumstances are your raw materials. They will to an extent impact the path you take. Some of them can be controlled or influenced. Others are like gravity – they are a given that you can’t eliminate, but you can use to your advantage.”

Interview (in English)

More interviews to come.

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the effort and commitment of all women who contributed an interview to this project.

Priska Altorfer, Ulrike Glavitsch and Rebekka Masson created the SI IT Fire Interviews project. They designed the questionnaire, solicited interviews and collected them. Priska, Ulrike and Rebekka are members of the SI Board and are committed to getting more women into IT.
Martin Glinz, with support from the SI Office, took care of copy-editing the interviews and publishing the project in SIDM, the SI Digital Magazine. He is a member of the SI Board.

A propos sidm 208 Articles
The SI Digital Magazine (SIDM) is the electronic members’ magazine of the Swiss Informatics Society SI.

Soyez le premier à commenter

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse de messagerie ne sera pas publiée.


*


Captcha loading...

Ce site utilise Akismet pour réduire les indésirables. En savoir plus sur comment les données de vos commentaires sont utilisées.