According to this article by Kiersten Marek for Inside Philanthropy, only thirty percent of the workforce at large technology companies is comprised of women. Clearly, there is an issue of diversity in the tech sector, as many people believe there is a stigma against women in that field. Vodafone, one of the largest mobile telecommunications companies, agreed, and wanted to increase gender equity in the tech world. Well-known for their variety of philanthropic activities, Vodafone Americas Foundation wanted to invest in providing women with innovate ways to get STEM education and build tech skills in order to succeed and be leaders in tech.
The Foundation currently supports projects such as Girls Who Code and TechGirlz, who are trying to increase computer science education and exposure in middle school and high school classes for women. Vodafone is also partnered with Internews, an international nonprofit, to work on a campaign that provides women with an online toolkit to prevent and recover from online gender-based harassment. We believe that grants and projects like these make a big difference in education, economic opportunity, and security for women and hope more companies in the tech world will follow suit!