Posted on July 19, 2016 by staff

Women-only network set to counter male bias in tech


British Gas has launched its own women in tech network to provide a community for its female employees to network and collaborate.

Kathleen Mock, British Gas data science manager, saw an opportunity to support women in the industry and encourage more of them to pursue a career in tech.

Mock is currently a Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador and talks to young girls to break down the male stereotype image of the Stem industries and encourage girls to take up a career in tech.

She said: “I would love to see more women working in tech, as it’s a sector full of innovation, fun and creativity.

“Through British Gas’ Women in Technology network, we hope to change perceptions about the tech world and inspire, support and encourage more women to be part of this exciting industry.”

British Gas carried out research which found that three-quarters of professionals aged between 25 and 34 consider the tech industry to be male dominated.

The research found that 75 per cent of people think men are more likely than women to take leadership roles in the tech sector.

The industry as a whole believes that until more men can see the benefits of having gender equality in tech, diversity in the industry will not increase.