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SPIE Women in Optics promotes personal and professional growth for women through community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career.Photo credit: Christian Platz

Since 1998, SPIE Women in Optics promotes personal and professional growth for women through community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career.

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Upcoming SPIE Women in Optics Events

SPIE Photonics West 

Women in Tech: Evidence, data, and trends
Monday 15 Februrary 2016 | 5:00 to 6:30pm
InterContinental Hotel, Ballroom B | San Francisco, CA

Join us for an early evening presentation on Women in Optics with session organizers and presenters, Rachel Thomas, Software Developer and Instructor at Hackbright Academy, and Lina Nilsson, Biomedical Engineer and Head of Market Development at Enlitic.

Only 20% of engineering degrees in the U.S. are awarded to women and 40% of those women end up leaving the field. In the burgeoning tech industry, females make up a similarly low percentage of computer scientists. University engineering departments and tech firms alike are announcing new initiatives in droves that aim to improve these numbers. In this session, we will dig into the data and research on female participation in computer science, across engineering fields, and throughout the tech sector in general. What evidence is there of underlying causes of this gender imbalance?  How can and should it be addressed? Why does it matter?

The session organizers' research and analyses on issues around women in tech have been published in the New York Times and Medium, and have been featured on KQED, NPR, and more.

Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Check out last year's Women in Optics event at SPIE Photonics West here

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