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March 2, 2020

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference Replay

If you’re looking for the replay for the fifth annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference that took place March 2, then you’ve come to the right place.

Datanami is pleased to be a media collaborator with the WiDS Conference, a one-day technical conference hosted on the Stanford University campus that features “outstanding women doing outstanding work.” We’re hosting the livestream of the event because it’s important to support data scientists worldwide, regardless of their gender.

We also think it’s important to support women in data science, because there is a decided lack of gender diversity in the field. According to a recent study by Boston Consulting Group titled “What’s Keeping Women out of Data Science?” only 15% to 22% of data science professionals globally are women. That’s a concern.

The BCG study, which involved a survey of more than 9,000 students in 10 countries, says data science has an “image problem.” Specifically, women tend to see data science as “theoretical,” “nerdy,” and “low-impact” work, the report states. Women also feel poorly informed about their career options in data science, the authors of the report conclude.

The good news is these trends can be turned around. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be embracing data science as a career option. Today is a good day to celebrate women in data science, to honor the good work they do, and hopefully help pave the way for the next generation of women data scientists.

We hope you enjoy the replay of the WiDS Conference.

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