Encouraging Women to Start a Career in Tech – An Interview with Yannick Oswald

The One With Yannick Oswald

Yannick, who was born and raised in Luxembourg, strives to promote gender equality in the world of startups and venture capital.#EuropeanHeroes

Posted by European Heroes on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Many would argue that gender equality is far from achieved. Next to women’s rights, gender minorities such as transgender people are on the forefront of the struggle for more equality for all, especially in the workplace.

In some sectors, gender inequality is so prevalent that gender quotas are needed to bring equally bright brains to work. One of these fields is technology, where around 30 % of employees are women. Of these women however, only 16.6 percent work in technical positions and just 23 percent hold leadership roles.

European Heroes talked with Yannick Oswald, who strives to help women start a career in tech.

Yannick, why do you think some people don’t care about empowering women in the tech industry?

I think most people care about the topic but they do not realize the extent of the problem. The tech world is a closed community and when you are part of it you do not have the feeling that it is an issue.

What would be your first measure to promote women’s careers in the business?

I would start with enforcing equal pay for men and women, just like Iceland did.

Do you have a personal motto?

Opportunities are everywhere. You just need to go out there and find them.

Interested in women’s empowerment? You might enjoy these links as further reading:

Is It Easy to Raise Early-Stage Capital?

TED: 10 talks by women that everyone should watch

8 empowering TED talks for women

Mashable: We need to change how we talk about women in tech

Forbes: 15 biggest challenges women leaders face and how to overcome them

Inc: More women in leadership roles – Why and how it should happen

 

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