As a woman in technology, WeGush Founder and CEO Martha Huntley, was excited to hear about the Simmons College SharkHack.  This event educated, celebrated and encouraged innovation by women in the field of Computer Science/Technology.  Women from all over came to collaborate and learn from not only each other, but experts in the field.

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“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”

— President Barack Obama, February 2013

It has become increasingly clear that the need for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is at an all-time high.  The government has launched initiatives, numerous studies have and are still emerging, and one article references the gender gap of women in STEM as a “national security issue.”  As a proud Simmons alum and family member of women in STEM, I am so thrilled that WeGush could partner with Simmons for this event.

When I imagine a world in which women not only close the gap in STEM, but dominate it, I think about my younger cousin, who is an incredible science and math student.  In her, I see someone with the potential to change the world.   Simmons has made Women’s Leadership their mission, and they do so with an eye toward the future.  Sharkhack is just one of the ways in which they are making innovative strides. For this, we are grateful.