Techies need to be at the policy and architecture table to help make the best decisions, and high tech leaders should make being in government part of their rotations.
People don't realize that women have been in tech from the beginning - the six programmers for the first US computer, ENIAC, were women. When girls don't see what women have achieved in tech, they don't get into the field.
Today, unconscious bias favors men, the boys who got the first PCs, over women and only 3% of venture capital goes to women-led tech firms. People of color, tribal peoples, veterans, others face that same challenge.