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Charmy_Ruparel | 04 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

For the fourth consecutive year, Symantec sponsored and partnered in the Dare2BDigital conference as a part of its Corporate Responsibility and Diversity initiative. The objective of the event was to provide 7th-10th graders an opportunity to discover the creative and exciting careers that await them in computer science and engineering.

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At this year's conference, 200 teenaged girls explored careers in science and technology at this unique collaboration between technology companies, educators, parents and community organizations. The conference met its objective, as the survey results revealed that 99 percent of young women attendees felt that the conference maintained (17 percent) or increased (82 percent) their interest in fields that use...

Roxane Divol | 03 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

As Symantec continues to pursue our vision and looks to lead the way in developing technology for tomorrow, expanding the pool of talent and insuring diversity of perspective is critical to our success. Today, I’m honored to announce that I will serve as champion of Symantec’s Women’s Initiative, a program focused on attracting, engaging, and developing women at Symantec so that we can be more competitive and produce superior business outcomes.

Changing the perception of women in technology

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy; yet hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs.” While this statistic is U.S.-based, the fact is around the world women are underrepresented in the field of technology. Even more concerning, the enrollment of women in the field of computer science is declining.

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Roxane Divol | 15 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

Have you heard of Ada Lovelace? She is the reason we’re celebrating today. Lovelace was born in England in 1815, and her work translating and annotating an article about mathematician Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine led to the development of the first modern computers in the 1940s. On Ada Lovelace Day, people all over the world celebrate the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

This infographic, created by Symantec along with our nonprofit partner Anita Borg Institute, showcases the accomplishments of several other influential and inspiring women in STEM. It also provides a short analysis on what progress has been made and what work is still left to do for advancing the roles of women in STEM.

At Symantec, we’re dedicated to developing a diverse...

Charmy_Ruparel | 20 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

Everyone wants to know where the women are in technology and what can be done to draw them to the field. What is the magic solution? At Symantec, we’re taking on the challenge of attracting more women to technology from a variety of angles.

We start when they’re young by encouraging not only girls but all children to study STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – in grade school and college, and to pursue STEM as a career. We believe providing STEM education to children and young adults is a business imperative in order to build a diversified and innovative workforce for the future.

Symantec puts its money where its mouth is. According to our FY13 Corporate Responsibility Report , 46 percent of our corporate giving in FY13 went toward...

ellen_mclatchey | 11 Dec 2012 | 1 comment

In addition to the holidays, the coming weeks are very exciting for Symantec on the diversity front. One of our non-profit partners, The Anita Borg Institute, holds its annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in the US and India. We are thrilled to have 25 of our female technical leads attending the third-annual Grace Hopper celebration in India, and look forward to bringing you this three-part series highlighting the event, what it means to our employees, and coverage of this year's compelling panels. Stay tuned!

 

"Around the world, women are not full partners in driving the creation of new technology that will define their lives....

Jingjing Ren | 19 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec’s 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report explores our commitments to our employees, the world, and your information. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be featuring blogs from Symantec employees and partners that focus on how they are making a difference. This week, we hear from Jingjing Ren, Software Engineer.

 

I’m a software engineer at Symantec. According to recent statistics, less than 20 percent of the bachelor degrees in computer science go to women. This means that, even living in Silicon Valley as I do, I’m a member of a very small group of working technical women.

Why do so few girls and women pursue careers in computer science and other tech fields? What makes a...