AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson Provides Commentary for Digital Trends Article.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) does not have the best reputation when it comes to diversity. The tech show has been notorious for only featuring male keynote speakers and allowing “booth babes” in revealing outfits to promote items. After being called out over many years, Consumer Tech Association, which puts on CES, is now set to have its most diverse lineup ever… though it still has a long way to go.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of AnitaB.org, acknowledged the inclusion of beauty tech last year, but noted that women care about more than just babies and beauty. “That really is the problem at hand, and the thing that we address within our org, is what is considered to be normal for tech and who the tech makers are,” Brenda said. “We find those folks that are doing amazing things, not necessarily based upon a title.”
The article brings attention to the fact that Female funders receive less funding then men. In 2017, only 2.5% of startups that received venture-capital were women-founded. “It’s important for women to be included in tech as folks that are working at these amazing companies,” said Brenda, “but it’s much more important that we increase the number of women founders who are getting funded at the levels of men.”
To increase diversity in our own Grace Hopper Celebration, we find ways of bringing more women of color to the event through scholarships, grants, and more. We also offer complimentary child care to ensure working mothers won’t have to miss out on the Celebration, and support female founders through our PitcHER™ competition, providing new funding opportunities to these entrepreneurs. We hope CES will soon take steps like these to increase its own diversity in the future.