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Tags: michelle obama | apple | wwdc | women | technology | silicon valley

Michelle Obama to Developers: Make Room for Women in Tech

(ABC 7)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 June 2017 07:00 PM

Former First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday told Silicon Valley to make room for women, CNN reports.

Obama, who was giving a speech at WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference, in San Jose, Calif., urged the audience to make room for women in the technology sector.

"Girls walk away from tech and science . . . There's something about how this subject is being taught," said Obama. "You guys are smarter than that. You're better than that, let's figure it out."

Women only hold 25 percent of computing jobs according to a 2016 report and that number has been in decline since 1991. Additionally, women only hold 14.1 percent of executive positions at Silicon Valley companies.

The crowd Obama addressed consisted mostly of men.

When it comes to getting more women in tech, "we have to want to," Obama said, according to CNN. "And that's where I look to the fellas in the room and say, 'Are you ready? Are you really ready to have women at the table? Then make room.'"

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday told Silicon Valley to make room for women, CNN reports.
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