In case you hadn’t heard, February 27 to March 3, 2017 is Women in Technology week! Next Wednesday is International Women’s Day (Wednesday March 8, 2017), which, according to the official website, is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize that it was Women in Tech week this week until my Microsoft MVP team contacted me a few weeks ago, telling me about some different events I could attend or take part in. My bad… I am in technology but being an accountant by trade, I don’t always think of myself as a “woman in tech”. I’m not sure why exactly but I guess I am not one to label myself as I hate feeling like I have to fit into a certain box! I’ve been interested in tech since I was a kid, from learning to program on my Commodore 64, to learning Visual Basic (or was it just Basic) in high school, to writing my own VB.net windows app to track my NFL picks with a friend. I’m a geek through and through, no doubt about it!

One organization I learned about via my MVP contacts is Hive Waterloo Region. I love the mission of this organization, so much so that I joined as a member and hope to give what I can. I’m attending my first event next week called Change the Ratio, tying in to Women in Tech week and National Engineering Month (not that I’m an engineer!).

Hive’s vision: We are passionately committed to promoting digital literacy for everyone in Waterloo Region and advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion in our tech sector and the STEM fields.

I’m looking forward to learning more about the organization and how I can help!

Female Microsoft MVPs

Being that I’m a relatively new Microsoft MVP, I thought I would take the time this evening to go through the various MVP award categories and see just how many of us are female. It turns out, we are a tiny fraction of the MVP list, around 5%, not that I’m surprised. Technology is definitely a field dominated by men, but I’m glad to see more initiatives for encouraging women to join traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

For reference, here is what I gathered. Please note, this is completely unofficial and I was basing my counts purely on names and photos on the MVP website. There are many “anonymous” MVPs (no names) as well as others with names that don’t have a photo where I couldn’t tell if it was likely a female or male name. So, if anything, my numbers here are lower than the real number; at least, I hope I’m wrong.

Award Category# of MVPs# of Female MVPs
Total4025219
Access411
Business Solutions23021
Cloud and Datacenter Mgmt.45513
Data Platform42334
Enterprise Mobility1693
Excel11310
Microsoft Azure32411
Office Development372
Office Servers & Services52649
OneNote143
Outlook132
PowerPoint3613
Visio151
Visual Studio & Dev. Technologies108930
Windows & Devices for IT1705
Windows Development34515
Word256

I think we can do better… hopefully in future years, we see the proportion increase! Do you know an outstanding woman in technology that you could nominate for a Microsoft MVP?