2018 was certainly an interesting year, politically and socially. Despite some events we may want to pretend never happened, it was a fantastic year for nearly half the global population – it was dubbed ‘the Year of the Woman’.

Highlighting gender inequalities and women’s issues, we saw the explosion of campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. Last year also marked 100 years since some women were given the vote in the UK. 2018 was certainly an important one and we want 2019 – and every year after – to also be a marker for progress in the treatment of women in the workplace.

How does gender equality affect the tech industry?

One of the issues which is still prevalent is the low number of women holding a position in the technology industry. Only 17% of those working in UK tech and only 7% of students taking computer science at A-Level are female, with more than 60% of teenage girls regretting not studying STEM subjects.

Despite these staggeringly low numbers, women have contributed significantly to the tech industry – from its earlier stages of development to the present day. These influential women include Williamina Fleming (the astronomer who led a dozens-strong team of women to crack the secrets of the universe using computation), Annie Easley (one of the first African-American computer scientists at NASA, and a leading member of the team which developed software for the Centaur rocket stage) and Carol Shaw (one of the first female designers in the video game industry), to name a few.

Celebrate women in tech with us!

This year, International Women’s Day is on Friday 8th March and the campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter. One of the ways we’ll be celebrating is with a competition that allows you to nominate your most inspiring woman in tech based in the North.

When and where?

The competition opens on Monday 4th February and will be announced on our LinkedIn page.

How do I take part?

All you have to do is tag the woman you think is inspiring in the comments section on our LinkedIn post. We will then be announcing a shortlist of nominees on Monday 4th March.

When does it close?

The deadline for nominations is Friday 22nd February. Voting for the shortlist will open on 4th March, closing at midnight on 7th March. The winner will be announced at midday on International Women’s Day – Friday 8th March.

ON:iT Recruitment will profile the winner – so watch this space!

What’s in it for me?

The prize will be a £100 gift voucher for both the winner (the woman with the most votes) and the person who nominated them.

Terms and conditions:

  • One vote per individual. Multiple votes made by the same person will not be counted.
  • The winner and the person who nominated them will each receive a £100 voucher for an outlet of their choice. If multiple respondents choose the same person, the first person who nominated the winner will receive the voucher.
  • The voucher is non-transferable and there will not be a cash alternative.
  • The winner must consent to be featured in promotional materials (this must be confirmed before shortlisting takes place). Each potential nominee will be contacted directly to discuss the competition.

We can’t wait to hear all about the inspiring women you know – and we wish all nominees the very best of luck! Follow ON:iT on LinkedIn to stay updated.