Winners of the 2020 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards have been announced, after an event in London designed to showcase women in the technology industry.

The annual awards, sponsored by professional services provider FDM Group and run in partnership with the Tech She Can Charter, aim to raise awareness of the achievements of women in the technology sector.

Emphasising that the lack of visible and accessible female role models is one of the reasons young women don’t choose a career in tech, everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson said sharing stories about women already in the technology industry is extremely important.

“With this year being the 10th anniversary of the awards, we are proud to showcase exceptional talent in the technology industry,” she said. “A shortage of female role models has been cited as one of the main reasons why young women aren’t drawn to careers in technology, which is why we believe the success stories of our winners will play a vital role in encouraging change and diversity in the industry.”

Research has found many women still feel there is a “glass ceiling” in the technology sector, and while more women are expected to go into tech in 2020, the number of women in core technical roles has remained stagnant at around 16% over the past decade.

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, president and chief executive of NMiTE, who was named Woman of the Year at the everywoman awards, has 25 years of experience in engineering and is proudly part of the LGBT community, makes a point of highlighting the lack of diversity in the engineering space through her #ILookLikeAnLGBTEngineer campaign.

During her acceptance speech, she said the small proportion of women in engineering, at around 12%, is “not acceptable”.

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