Anyone who has been involved in IT for awhile can attest to the gender gap in the industry.  This is nowhere more apparent than at industry conferences and events where the disparity is conspicuous.

In recent years there has been a positive effort by many organizations to try and narrow the gap, and it does seem like some progress is being made.  One possible outcome of increased gender parity in IT is more balance in policy making and product development, by taking into account the interests and needs of all persons in a more equitable way.

Industry news source Hospitality Technology recently released an article highlighting the accomplishments of some of the best and brightest women thought leaders in the business, who will help pave the way and provide inspiration for the next generation of female technologists.

HT’s Top Women in Restaurant Technology awards, sponsored by Tillster, were presented at MURTEC in Las Vegas on March 10.

The Class of 2020 is a group of impressive women. In the coming weeks we will be featuring each of the 10 honorees.

Now in its fourth year, this awards program recognizes women in technology roles at both restaurants and technology suppliers who are making their mark in a male-dominated industry. Currently only about a quarter of professional computing jobs are held by women, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Forty-eight percent of women surveyed say the primary reason why women are underrepresented in technology is the lack of mentors, while 42% cite a lack of female role models in the field, according to Adeva IT’s State of Women in Technology report.

Recognizing the accomplishments of women in restaurant technology will not only benefit the perception of women in tech, it will also shine a light on the opportunities available and inspire future generations.

Anna Wolfe via Hospitality Technology

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