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4/25 #GIRLSTECHDAY Twitter Chat Recap

by Brittany L. Stevenson , New Media Associate
April 29, 2013 - 05:52 PM

On April 25, the FCC was proud to celebrate International Girls’ in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day with a Twitter chat focusing on how ICT has helped improve the lives of women and girls in their careerseducation, and health

The purpose of International Girls’ in ICT Day is to promote gender equality in the growing field of information and communication technologies by encouraging school-aged girls to consider a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEMeducation or a tech career.  Technology plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives.

“ICT is one of the fastest growing job sectors and one of the best paying.  The U.S. Bureau of labor statistics estimates a 21.8% growth in ICT jobs in the United States by 2020. At the same time, there is such a big talent gap in ICT that there will only be enough qualified workers to fill one third of those jobs. On the bright side, this situation presents a great economic opportunity for anyone considering a career in ICT.” Excerpt from Opening Statement for International Girls in ICT Day Ambassador Betty E. King

For the 1ST time, an FCC commissioner, Mingnon Clyburn, participated in an FCC-hosted Twitter chat by giving opening remarks:

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Women in Information, Communications, and Technology Twitter Chat

April 2, 2013 - 07:45 PM

On March 28, in celebration of Women’s History month, the FCC hosted a twitter chat focusing on Women in Information Communications and Technology (ICT).  The four panelists come from various sections of ICT: Ann Gallagher, Electronics; Engineer at the FCC; Rachel Payne, Founder & CEO of Fem Inc.; Alyssa Wright, Vice President and Director of Solutions at Open Geo; & Kate Chapman, Executive Director at Humanitarian Open Street Map. The chat highlighted their experiences, expertise, educational backgrounds, and words of wisdom to those interested in ICT.


The FCC would like to acknowledge and show appreciation to the 166 Twitter users who participated and/or promoted our hour-long discussion through enlightening and original tweets, retweets, and questions. Thank you for helping us reach more than 768,000 people with over 32 million impressions for our WICT chat.  This chat was successful due to our panelists, and the active engagement of our followers and chat participants sharing their experiences, offering tips, and asking questions about ICT.  

Useful Tips identified in the Twitter chat for Women in ICT:

1.      Build your people-network to learn about opportunities, seek a mentor, and find a “champion” to help you climb the professional ladder.

2.      Support other women -- pitch in, help out, do something to widen the net of success for all women.

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