On 3/9/15 at 10AM PDT, the entire world stopped to watch the Apple's Spring Forward Event to learn about the new products that Apple planned to release. I decided to take an early lunch in order to watch the event live. My original plan was to take notes and write a blog post about the specs of the new products. (Don’t worry, I have a lot of notes so that post is coming) However, as I watched the event. I noticed something too familiar. The entire audience looked…..the same.
Everyone knows that there is a diversity problem within the tech industry (race, gender, ethnicity, backgrounds, etc.). However it surprised me that Apple, one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, had only one woman throughout the entire event, Christy Turlington Burns with her role as an Apple Watch beta tester. I watched the presenters and I looked through the audience, and it was another reminder of what myself and most females in tech go through on a daily basis.
Now I realize that the diversity issue in the tech world isn’t going to change overnight, and companies such as Apple are making strides to increase the numbers. However, at some point, it should be a concern when you look at a panel and the number of women presenting and/or speaking at these events can be counted on one hand. Besides the major tech companies, organizations such as NSBE, SWE, Black Girls Code, and Girls Who Code see this problem are also working hard to decrease that gap by getting girls and minorities involved early in the world of STEM.
Now that the issue has been outlined and plans have been put in place to fix it, all we can hope is that one day diversity in tech will be a norm, and no longer an issue to be solved.