In the corporate world, only five percent
of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women. Alarmingly,
the share of women in the
A report from the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation recently found that, in
"Most of the girls we talked to from
other countries had a slightly playful approach to STEM [Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math], whereas in
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For Russian girls, technology training starts at an early age. Parental encouragement is strong. Female technology role models are plentiful. There are more female teachers than males in the country and they preside over a more general and neutral curriculum. It's cultural and it goes back to the Soviet era, where science was proclaimed a national priority and technical education was open to everyone, regardless of gender. As a result, young Russian girls view STEM more positively and this has resulted in a more lasting interest.
Then there's just personality. Some argue that Russian women are just well tougher. Whatever the reason, try not to be surprised if you find yourself interviewing more female scientists, engineers or programmers who come from Russia.
"Compared to the rest of Europe, we
just don't stress about 'women's issues,' " the head of an organization
that connects Russian talent with job opportunities in the