WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY
Women In The Technology Encounter More Gender Inequality Than In Any Other Workforce Population
According to Pew Research, computing roles for women in technology have been in decline over the past 25 years. In 2015, 25 percent of all leadership positions in technology were held by women (Source: Statista) but only 11 percent of all executive positions in Silicon Valley were held by women (Source: Business Insider).
Additionally, white women hold 16 percent of computing roles and women of color hold less than 10 percent. The quit rate of women in technology is almost twice as high as that of men (Source: NCWIT).
Quit rates are also higher among women in technology and women over the age of 35 are more likely to still be in a junior technology positions. We know that social and financial factors impact women from pursing STEM careers – including lack of mentors and role models; gender bias and derogatory behavior; unequal growth opportunities and lesser wage for same position as male counterparts.
Improving women’s representation in technology is essential to our nation’s infrastructure. WBC seeks to:
- Decrease the female quit rate in the technology sector by 50% by 2030
- Ensure that women constitute 35% of all leadership positions by 2025, 15% of which are women of color
- Increase the representation of women in C-Suite technology positions (CIO, CTO, CISO, CDO) by 3% by 2025, 4% of which are women of color