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Tech is a key driver of social and economic change, and around the world, women like me are transforming businesses, industries and communities.In 2013, the European Commission estimated that 9 billion euros ($11 billion) could be added to the European Union's annual GDP if gender parity was achieved in technology companies.And yet, despite this economic rationale for gender parity, women remain underrepresented in technology firms. One of the comments I hear most frequently from women who are reluctant to enter the tech sector is that the industry lacks visible role models.My company has also partnered with Oxford University and Delft University of Technology to establish scholarship programs for women in technology; established women-in-tech mentoring opportunities; and supported digital skills and job-training programs in Europe.Booking.com is not alone; many other companies across the technology sector are taking similar action. Great strides are being made to close the tech sector's gender gap, but, as with many other industries, parity remains a long way off.
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