Role of Women in IT Industries

In the world of equality & empowerment, women got many privilege & facilities to work outside with full independence & dedication. Today there are many women industrialists who are partnered to acknowledge the exceptional women who have achieved success through their valuable leadership , innovation & commitment to their sectors.

If we talk sector specific, Tech has always been a predominantly male industry with iconic male entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerberg gaining the most recognition for their contributions to the sectors. In current scenario women make up less than 40% of the total workforce in some of the top tech companies and when considering only tech related roles they are even more under represented.

Women view the ICT (International Communications Technology) sector as male dominated & this is putting them off enterting the field , according to the International Communications Unions , the main partner for the international Girls in ICT ( Information & Communication Technology ) Day.

Gender of ICT Specialists in European Countries in 2014. (Image clicked from Eurostat)

Women are heavily involved in Pioneering & Developing computer industry but this changed when the technology sector began to be perceived as a ‘man’s world‘.

Stats of women in computer science ( Image clicked from PNR)

Apple has the highest proportion of female employees in tech roles, however this figure is still only 20%. At Twitter only 10% of tech positions are filled by women.

Presently women are playing a huge part too and more & more women are entering both regular and high level positions in tech with the big global firms such as Apple, Google, Facebook etc are hiring women 238% more than men.

How many Women are Working in Tech? ( Current Scenario )

1. 20% of all Tech Start-ups across the world were founded by women.

2. Chicago, Boston & Silicon Valley have the most tech start ups founded by women.

3. The number of women working for Facebook grew by 84% in 2015 compared to 16% increase of men & 83% more women joined Microsoft in 2015 , compared to 17% of men.

World’s most Powerful Women in Tech ( Top 4 )

According to Forbes 2017

1. Sheryl Sandberg

Amid the ongoing furor over ” fake news ” on facebook, Sandberg is pushing hard to head off increased regulations on social media companies.

2. Susan Wojcicki

Wojcicki’s commitment to diversity bears out in the numbers. The percentage of female employees at the company has increased from 24% to 30% during her tenure as CEO. YouTube has passes 1 billion hours of daily watch time worldwide.

3. Ginni Rometty

Rometty has been pushing ibm’s cloud and analytics products to counteract a decline in demand for legacy software products. In october the company had it’s best earning report in almost nine years.

4. Meg Whitman

The billionaire CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise was a rumored contender for the UBER CEO Job. Whitman stepped down from Hewlett – Packard’s board this year & joined Dropbox’s board.

Why do Women leave Tech?

1. 30% blame working conditions such as long hours, a long salary and no opportunity for career progression.

2. 27% put it down to work life balance stating they do not have enough time with their family and there is too much travel involved.

3. Some of the top reasons were a loss of interest in their job and problems with the company environment.

4. 24% of women who leave a tech role go on to a non technical role in a different company and 22% become self employed in a tech field.

How to Retain Women in Tech ?

1. Offer mentoring programs & networking opportunities can help staff to seek encouragement and assistance from others in industry.

2. Flexible working hours will ensure staff feel like they meet a good work life balance and have time for commitments outside of their jobs.

3. Providing opportunities for personal development is a large factor that people look for in a jobs and scope for promotions will improve retention rates.

References :

forbes.com

womenintechindustry.org

webforum.org

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90 thoughts on “Role of Women in IT Industries

  1. Interesting insight into the representation of women. I have to say that the IT industry is largely dominated by men. Women tend to look for jobs that offer work-life balance as well, more than men do, as women are more family-oriented. Since I vote for equality, I personally believe that people should be given options to work from home at least a few days a week, for jobs that can be done online. IT is one demanding industry after all.

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  2. I wish to see more women in the tech industry. As an engineer myself, I do agree especially that lack of work life – family life balance forces a lot of women to leave the field once they have children. I myself used to travel often for work, sometimes Monday through Sunday and back to office next Monday morning. I can’t do that anymore, i have 2 children and can’t leave them for 7 days in a row.

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  3. Great post-Jyoti! It’s very informative and since I blog about women only writing about their achievements and contribution to our society, I enjoyed reading your post! Good work. Keep it up!

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  4. I was once a woman in IT industry. It was not pleasing at times. I worked as data center engineer and sexism was so hard to handle at times. Being questioned if you can preform your job just because of your sex is super harassing. However I wouldn’t quit the industry, I just started working on my hobby full time and it happened to be enough to fully support me so I quit.

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  5. I guess the reason why movies kinda have this hot tech female in them is true to a certain extent. Females in tech are quite rare. I hope it’ll change in the future.

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  6. I have worked in the field of electronics for over thirty years. Back when I first started in the industry there were only a couple of women in leadership roles. Today many of the strongest, dedicated and caring leaders I work with are women. This is an industry that requires diversity to reach out and grow and that is what the diverse leadership is giving us the opportunity to do.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

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  7. Wow.. This is such a unique topic to write an article on. Very informative. I loved the facts that you have stated. I hope the number of women in tech industry keeps on increasing.

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  8. Wow….that’s some good progress made, as far as the Sustainable Development Goals go!

    I feel like women do nurture companies (people) better than men do and stand a much better chance of smoothly progressing the efforts of all, in the right direction.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Good article. Nice to see more women entering these fields, but still such a long way to go. Flexible opportunities like working from home would help… and I would have though tech would be one of the easier fields for that to happen.

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  10. That is one concept that not many talk about. We talk about less representation of women in fields but what about making favourable working environment for the ones actually in the field. Flexible working hours are definitely a workable solution

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    1. This hopefully happens very soon. Women are almost everywhere today but still things are need to be improved.
      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts ♥

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  11. Nice post. I agree that the IT industry is heavily dominated by men especially in senior roles. There needs to be an ecosystem supporting women leaders within the organisation and outside.

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