MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating and Inventing

This post was written by Aysegul Ildeniz, Vice President of the New Devices Group and general manager of Strategy and Business Development at Intel Corporation.

I have worked in the technology sector for more than a decade in senior leadership roles. I grew up in Turkey where, like many other places around the globe, girls and women are under-represented in the tech industry.

Encouraging girls and women to grow in leadership positions has been a personal focus and passion of mine throughout my career. I wish to inspire girls and women around the world to seek, explore and benefit from the many opportunities that technology affords.

Today, Intel released a new report, “MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating and Inventing.” This report is the first compilation of data on how girls and women participate in the maker movement. The report’s findings indicate that girls and women involved with making, designing and creating things with electronic tools may build stronger interest and skills in computer science and engineering. I am convinced this report provides key insights for policy makers, the development community and the technology industry.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is a big supporter of the “maker movement.” We want to ensure that girls and women take part in this revolution—one that can help create new jobs and industries for decades to come. The belief is that making stuff, tinkering, inventing and building can bring ideas to life and spur creativity and personal growth for our next generation of leaders, while broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a new way.

Intel will continue to take action to engage and inspire girls and women to participate in computer science and engineering fields through hands on, applied maker activities. We look forward to working with stakeholders to expand and integrate maker activities into science, technology, engineering and math programs. Doing so will benefit girls and women all over the world to access opportunities to tinker, invent and create the future.

Read Intel’s new report:

“MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating and Inventing”.

www.intel.com/girlsintech

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Linda Qian

About Linda Qian

Linda is passionate about sustainability and corporate responsibility. She manages communications for Intel's Public Affairs organization in the Greater Americas region. She graduated from the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources with a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies. Follow Linda on Twitter at @lindalqian and @Intelinvolved. She is also active on LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook and Instagram.

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