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A host of leading tech companies signed a declaration at yesterday’s #Digital4Her conference to take action to achieve gender balance.

Google, GSMA and Telefónica were among the signatories on a day when the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, launched the European Network for Women in Digital to create a connected movement of women in tech who can create real momentum for change.

“Ensuring gender inclusion in STEM education and female career advancement is not just the right thing to do, it is necessary for the long-term success of our society. This lack of inclusion is based on societal stereotypes of gender preferences, which are more manifested than real. Again, if half the population is not getting equal access to where the biggest industry opportunities exist, we are collectively losing out. Gender parity in technology education and follow-on careers are necessary to fuel the next evolution of our economic growth,” Katherine Manuel – Senior Vice President, Innovation,Thomson Reuters, wrote in an article for us last year.

Katherine was also a panelist on a Twitter chat we held earlier this year with Knowledge4Innovation on the importance of achieving gender equality in STEM.

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