Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

It’s no secret that there is a gender gap in the technology sector, and according to Seek, currently, in Australia, women hold just under a third of all technology jobs. With a lack of both opportunities and encouragement for women to learn about technology being cited as a major cause of women not going into technological fields, the introduction of the National STEM School Eduction Strategy in 2016 has already started to see positive results in Australia.

The Australian Government’s strategy for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aims to increase gender equity in STEM education and careers by enabling STEM potential through education, supporting women in STEM careers and making women in STEM visible.

Things are getting better with relatively recent measures that have been put into place to attempt to even the gender gap.

Since 2016, the proportion of women enrolled in university STEM fields of education (undergraduate and postgraduate) increased by 2 percentage points. This reached 36% in 2019 (more than 81,000 women), up from 34% in 2015 (70,000 women). The proportion of women working across all STEM-qualified industries has continually increased from 24% in 2016 to 28% in 2020, and the proportion of key management personnel and senior managers who are women has also continuously increased from 18% in 2016 to 23% in 2020.

Acknowledging the women of Redback

At Redback, we celebrate women in electrical engineeringsoftware engineeringITtestingmarketingtechnical supportsoftware developmentUI / UXSTEMcustomer support

International Women’s Day 2022 Celebration

In the last year at Redback Technologies, we have managed to increase the percentage of female employees by nearly 10%. Although we are still falling a little short of a completely equal gender gap, we are excited about the future.

We have to encourage the next generations of women in STEM so we sat down with some of our employees. We wanted to know how they got into the tech field, what they like about working in the STEM sector and any advice they might have for eager young women interested in technology.

Zulphia Burveen
Zulphia BurveenSoftware Engineer
“I grew up in a small town in the southern part of India, where female children just going to school was a big deal – and after hard work, I’m now I’m a software engineer.

My advice to women wanting to enter the tech industry is to learn new things daily and stay up-to-date with current technologies. The continuous renewal of knowledge with increase your confidence, abilities and will help us to achieve better.”

Calman Steindl
Calman SteindlSenior Systems Engineer
“Working in technology is a satisfying way to see yourself contributing to actual changes in the products people use in their lives.

My advice for women looking to enter technology is to apply for everything that sparks your interest.”

Mitu Bannore
Mitu BannoreTeam Leader After Sales & Customer Support Service
“I’m an engineer by education but I’ve always been very passionate about talking to customers and solving their issues. It gives me immense pleasure that I helped someone to understand their system or solve their issues.

Always do something where your interest & passion lies in and then only you can give your 100%.”

Victoria Sica
Victoria SicaMarketing Executive
“I love coming to work every day knowing that I am helping to make a difference in the lives of Australians around the country by helping them to affordably generate their own free, clean energy every day.

My advice to women is to not be intimidated and never be afraid to ask questions”

Karen Jones-Carruthers
Karen Jones-Carruthers Warranty and Parts Manager
“A lot has changed for women in the tech industry, 30 years ago roles for women were traditionally admin, whereas now there are wider opportunities available

If you want to be a tech professional, there are more female role models and opportunities available and you should go for it – choose the career you want, forget the gender defined roles because you can achieve your dreams, times have changed and so have opinions.”

Andrea Albuquerque
Andrea AlbuquerquePartnership Manager WA
“It’s fantastic being in tech, but even more exciting when you are at the cutting edge, where innovative things are happening. We know there is so much we need to do to avert a climate disaster and it feels great to be working to achieve those goals.

I’ve found that often women bring a unique and valued perspective to the table. I’d say to the future generations of women in tech – speak loud and be heard, you have so much to offer.”

Deepa Mukesh V
Deepa Mukesh VTest Analyst
“The share of women CEOs of tech companies grew from 3.9% in 2020 to 10.9% in 2021. I encourage any woman interested in tech to just do it – that’s the only way we can help close the gender gap.

And remember, all businesses are people businesses, so don’t forget to make relationships and take on any challenge that gets thrown your way.”

We couldn’t agree more with the UN’s theme for International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.

As a proudly Australian company focused on powering a cleaner tomorrow, we’re not only doing our bit to protect the planet but by also actively encouraging emerging women in tech to join Redback Technologies.