Brazil: Women in Tech

In this article for Americas Quarterly, Danielle Renwick reviews the low numbers of female participation in tech endeavors in Brazil. Ms. Renwick reports that while women account for 60 per cent of university students in Brazil, just 15 per cent of computer science students are female. She presents stereotypes and attitudes in Brazil - similar to those elsewhere, including Silicon Valley - that can hold women (especially women of color) back in relation to STEM studies and employment. The article reviews the range of public and private initiatives - including education centers, advocacy campaigns, and innovation challenges with cash prizes to support further development of promising ideas - that are aimed at expanding female participation in the tech sector, particularly in tech entrepreneurship.