The rise and rise of women in tech in 2013 – while many bemoan the lack of women in the tech industry, on the international stage and here in Ireland, 2013 saw a chink of light when it came to leadership role models.In December, Twitter bowed to pressure from its own community over the lack of female representation on its board and appointed its first female board member: Marjorie Scardino, the former CEO of Pearson, a publishing and education company.

It was perhaps a sign of the growing movement at home and abroad to encourage diversity in the tech industry, where the record is best described as woeful. Here in Europe, the statistics across the European Union are stark, estimating that just 6 to 7% of technical careers are being filled by women – at any level.

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