Stephanie Rammeloo on women in IT sector, working in IT and a diverse workforce
Women in IT are still underrepresented anno 2023. At Discorp, however, this is not the case. We ask Stephanie Rammeloo, managing partner, about this inequality and what companies can do to improve it.
Stephanie has now been working in IT for nine years and notices that, in general, there are still more men than women in IT. She herself does see a notable change over the years. At vendors, for example, she notes that women regularly occupy high-ranking positions and that there are also more female account managers. At international companies, she also sees that there is clearly a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity. There seems to be a real search for female profiles.
She adds, “When people ask where I work, you often see them looking surprised. This confirms that the IT sector is still not considered a female world. However, they are at that point extremely interested in my job”. Moreover, she indicates that there is clearly a shift in her generation of employees, but that it is also up to women to make the reflex that a good career in IT is possible.
The managing partner wants more awareness. “It is up to women to realize that IT can be an interesting sector,” Stephanie states. “I think it’s great that we are doing this blog post to draw more attention to this.” To create more awareness of the IT sector, Stephanie believes it is important to start focusing on the younger generation. “They are the workforce of the future and they need to help ensure that there is more diversity in IT. Massively targeting the platforms that young people use, will prove to be a sucessfull approach”, Stephanie points out. She adds that it would be a clever idea, for example, to use female ambassadors to explain certain technical products on the one hand, but also to start promoting jobs in IT.
Stephanie goes on to say that we should tackle this topic with men. “The fact is that there is still a wage gap between men and women. That is why it is so important to involve men and raise awareness so that they understand this too. That’s how we can start getting results,” she says convincingly.
Additionally, Stephanie certainly encourages women working in IT. “The involvement of women in IT is crucial for the development of technology that works for everyone”, she believes. “Women bring diverse perspectives and experiences that can lead to more inclusive and effective technological solutions. It is important to continue to support and encourage women in IT to ensure that the field is accessible and welcoming to all”.
That said, she finds there are many other arguments as to why women should work in this industry. ”It is super interesting to work in this ever-innovating sector”, she shares. Moreover, she recounts that children are overwhelmed by technology, and it simply cannot be left out of society. According to her, working in IT will also result in better understanding your children and the new generation. “Actually, there are endless reasons to work in IT. I would definitely recommend it, we are still in the minority so come and join us,” she enthuses!
A good mix of men and women at work is super important to Stephanie. This creates a nice dynamic: “When there is a mix in the workforce, different expressions emerge, which brings out the best results. At Discorp there is a strong presence of women, which has evolved very unconsciously. Jobs are never about gender or never should be. It’s about finding the right fit for the job, that’s what it’s all about. Whether those abilities lie with a man or a woman, so be it!” she concludes.
Stephanie further explains that women have equally great qualities than men. “That’s not even a question, that’s reality. In fact, we should not be promoting that there should be more women in IT. Equality in IT and throughout business should be a given”, she says steadfastly. She ends the interview with a clear message: “I really hope that in the future people won’t even have to write topics about this. That’s the goal!” Let us all strive for that!