Women In Tech
You’ve heard of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. By now, they both have become common household names. No doubt, they are icons in their own right and important leaders and innovators in the tech industry. But have you heard of Ginni Rometty or Meg Whitman? Maybe you’ve heard the names in passing conversation or skimmed over it in an article. Ginni Rometty is the CEO of IBM and Meg Whitman is the CEO of HP. Both women lead businesses that create products and services you more than likely use every day just as you do Facebook or your iPhone. There are many women with leading roles in tech companies, as well as inventors such as Zuckerberg and Jobs. Technology is everywhere, but where are the women?
Check it out: Women Who Tech (Infographic)
Let’s talk numbers
- 20% of all tech start-ups across the world have been founded by women.
- Chicago, Boston, and Silicon Valley have the most tech start-ups founded by women.
- The number of women employed by Facebook grew by 84% in 2015, compared to a 16% increase of men.
- The number of women working for Microsoft grew 83% in 2015, compared to 17% of men.
- In the 8 largest tech companies, female tech positions are growing 238% faster than male positions.
- Among students who have a B.S. in Computer Science, 28% of them are women.
- Women hold more Bachelors and Graduate degrees than men do.
Impressive numbers, right? Well as notable as these statistics are, women are still a minority in the tech world.
Check it out: Engaging Girls and Women In Technology (Video)
So, what can tech company leaders do?
The biggest step is to acknowledge that diversity is a leadership game. Diversity can be defined by how your company compares to local, regional, and even national counterparts. As a leader and employer, one of the simplest things you can do is to interview at least one female for an executive position if one should be available. Another, step would be to audit on gender and pay inequality in your company. It has been shown that more gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their competition. Get ahead of the competition and do some reflection on your company's values and performance.