WHEREAS, the transition into the Information Age for all Virginians, both men and women, is essential to the prosperity and livelihood of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, only 26% of professional computing occupations in the 2017 U.S. workforce were held by women, which has continually declined since 1991; and
WHEREAS, women represent a very small percentage of technology professionals in Virginia and are continually striving to reach gender equality in computer technology fields; and
WHEREAS, largely due to gender and wage gaps between men and women, female attrition rates are higher in technology than they are in other non-STEM fields; and
WHEREAS, women in technology professions have made substantial contributions to technological advancements in Virginia’s economy, government offices, high-tech firms, and engineering corporations; and
WHEREAS, gender diversity in technology professions provides a holistic problem-solving approach that outperforms individual ability; and
WHEREAS, during Women in Technology Week, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the multitude of ways that women contribute to technology professions and hopes to raise awareness of the underrepresentation of women in computing and technology fields;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 15-20, 2018, as WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.