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Gender equality in STEM promotes equality in business
Women and men in the U.S. and France have similar – and relatively high – comfort levels with the prospect of female leadership. In France, however, a significant shift in attitudes is taking place. Younger people are less progressive in their attitudes towards equality for men and women than their older counterparts, according to the Reykjavik Index or Leadership.
Younger men in France have less progressive views.
The Index was established to quantify levels of comfort in society with the prospect of female leadership. French men aged 18-34 have an index score of 71 vs 76 for men aged 35-54 and a score of 75 for men in the 55-65 age range. (A score of 100 indicates complete agreement that men and women are equally suited to leadership.)
Perception matters. Particularly in technology. In fact, perceptions of women’s suitability for high tech and artificial intelligence went down 3 points in France between 2019 and 2020. They have remained unchanged in the U.S. but only a quarter of the people in computational and math occupations are women.
Technology can help us create economies that are not mired in the stereotypes that hold women back, but only if there is gender equality among the people writing the programs. Computational scientist Aurélie Jean wants technology to be by everyone, for everyone.