In Angers, French Tech wants to attract more women to digital jobs

A very first forum dedicated to women in the digital professions was held in Angers on November 23 and 24, in order to feminize a very masculine sector and encourage vocations among young girls. For the same purpose, a French Tech parity pact has also been signed by several companies.

In the start-up angevine Helyx, the concentration is palpable: here we develop websites or applications for mobiles. What is also obvious, when looking around the offices, is the respect for parity: five women code alongside five men, a rare thing in a rather masculine French digital sector.

Among these collaborators, Isabelle, 38, with a rather atypical career. “I changed careers in the middle of my life, she smiled. I have a master’s degree in art history and I was a librarian for 5 years. My sister being a computer engineer, she advised me to get into coding. I did training with the CNAM and… here I am,” entrusts the thirty-something.

To be a developer, you just have to be logical and love solving problems. It’s not something specific to men, obviously this profile also corresponds to women.

Isabelle David

generalist developer at Helyx, in Angers

But having a digital streak is far from obvious when you’re a woman.
According to a survey by Global Contact, less than one employee in five is a woman in technology jobs in France in 2020.

To feminize the sector, encouraging vocations becomes a priority. During a very first 100% female tech forum on November 23 and 24 called Connected women, young girls could be inspired. Or not.

I think I’ll be a pediatrician. And if I change my mind, Developer,” launches Arielle, 11 years old. Nora, 9, is not convinced: “Sitting all day at your desk in front of your computer can hurt your head. And then it’s annoying. I’m not interested, no.

This feminization will also take place, thanks to the signing of the French Tech parity pact, which obliges companies to transform their policy on the subject. “We will find in this pact several types of commitments, assures Clara Chappaz, general manager of the French Tech mission. like being able to have a representation of parity in the authorities, the boards of directors – on the model of the Copé-Zimmermann law which applies only to large groups, there we will do the same with the start-upswith 20 then 40% of women on these management boardsadministration but it’s also very concrete things, like having processes for returning from maternity leave.

In Pays de la Loire, nearly 20 companies in the digital sector have signed this pact