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India and the U.S. Come Together to Inspire Women and Girls to get involved with ICT

India and the U.S. Come Together to Inspire Women and Girls to get involved with ICT

The U.S. is not the only country where women are a minority in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In India, there is a higher number of women in the ICT workforce than that in the U.S.

According to DipNote, the Department of State led a delegation from U.S.-based companies in India to discuss the challenges in getting young women engaged in ICT. The delegation was headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alyssa Ayres. They visited government offices, universities, local and multinational companies and industry groups in New Delhi and Bangalore.

At the elite India Institute of Technology (IIT), only 12 percent of the student body are women, said the DipNote article. With that, only half of that number are in the highly competitive computer science programs.

India and the U.S. discovered that successful women role models in the ICT field can possibly inspire more young women and girls to pursue technology-based careers. The delegation said mentors and peer networks can provide support and guidance with every step of career advancement. There is also talk about the best practices like flexible work plans and transitional internships for mothers returning to work for talented women wanting to pursue their future careers.

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Maya Johnson

Writing is a passion for me ever since 2003. While reading J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, I decided to try writing stories of my own. Ever since then I have practiced my skills from grammar and sentence structure, to story pace and character development. I am currently a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, where I am a Feature writer for the Eastern Progress while majoring in Journalism with a minor in Art&Design. My hobbies include writing/blogging, drawing, video games, entering writing contests, voice acting and singing.

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