The STEM industries, those involving the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, have continuously been in a male-dominated sector, providing an easily implied bias against the women employed in its applicable positions. For instance, women represent a mere 30% of the tech industry’s workers, they earn an average of 13% less than men employed in the same jobs and, according to a Glassdoor study released in 2014, they are less satisfied with their careers. As if those figures aren’t pitiful enough, factor in the additional circumstance of being a lesbian in the technology sector. If women are already a minority in the industry, then members of the LGBT community are obviously even more so. That’s why 1SEO.com Digital Agency is so proud to announce that two of their most respected executives, CJ and Jolin Bachmann, will be attending the Lesbians Who Tech (and friends) Philadelphia May Happy Hour on May 28, 2015.
The event takes place at one of our clients’ locations, the Pennsylvania6 (Penn6) restaurant, located at 114 S. 12th Street in Philadelphia, from 5-7 PM (ET). CJ Bachmann, our VP of Operations, has been helping to establish the Philadelphia Chapter and will host the event as the organization’s new City Director. Her wife, Jolin Bachmann, our Chief Operating Officer, will be joining her and supporting the new Chapter and its inaugural event.
Lesbians Who Tech is an association that works to connect gay women who work, or are interested, in the technology industry. The women meet monthly to network and make new friends and associates, as well as discuss what it’s like to be a lesbian woman in tech. The Lesbians Who Tech organization got its start in 2012, at a bar in San Francisco, and has grown to include more than 8,000 members worldwide. It is just one of many communities that help LGBT women connect with each other, and it’s obviously needed, given the stark statistics we mentioned earlier.
In support of CJ and Jolin’s involvement in the Lesbians Who Tech community, 1SEO.com Digital Agency has compiled a list of the 3 most important ways that the Philadelphia happy hour event can help LGBT members of the tech industry.
It increases the visibility of not only lesbians, but women in general, who are in the technological fields. As a sincerely underrepresented group, women techies need to make their presence known. When children see successful leaders in the fields that they are interested in, they are more likely to continue down that path, and to forge their own. While women are a minority in the industry as a whole, the percentage of those in leadership roles and positions of influence is significantly lower, just 22.5%. If that small percentage were to shout their accomplishments and demonstrate their drive to the masses, perhaps we could see that number grow within the next decade!
The event opens up the possibility for mentorship opportunities. While LGBT women are advancing in the male-dominated tech world, they need support. With the obstacles they face as women and lesbians, many are quick to drop out of the industry and pursue other avenues towards success. That’s why it is vital that they can have a mentor in this industry. When successful individuals are asked about their leadership skills and achievements, many are quick to attribute them to one or more influential role models or mentors. A mentor shares her expertise and knowledge while encouraging personal and professional developments in their mentees. The Lesbians Who Tech Philadelphia happy hour event may be just the place to develop a beneficial mentor/mentee relationship.
Lesbians Who Tech’s community can help turn a difference into an advantage. The happy hour event will introduce lesbians to women who truly understand their plight and can help to bolster their confidence as individuals and techies. When you are comfortable being yourself at work, and confident in your abilities, your reach extends past the moon and into the stars.
We hope this blog encourages members of the LGBT community to join CJ and Jolin at Penn6 this month. Only through involvement can we hope to inspire change.