Women In Technology
As per the latest data, women hold just 26.7% of tech-related jobs. The total number of women in tech-related positions decreased by 2.1% from 2020 to 2021. Of a sample of 552,751 tech employees across 56 companies, 141,038 employees are women.
It’s no secret that women and several minority groups are underrepresented in the business world.
(To illustrate this, there are currently only two African American female CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies.)
And this is especially true in the tech space.
Even with our advances in bias awareness and gender diversity training in the workplace, women are still a small fraction of the technology workforce.
In this new report, we’ll cover the current state of women’s representation in the tech industry.
The organisers of Ada Lovelace Day (ALD), an international celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), say today’s event will be the last.
They blame a lack of money from corporate sponsors.
They also say they there’s a mistaken notion that gender inequality in STEM has been fixed.
Chemical engineer Yasmin Ali, a previous participant, said she was “heartbroken”.
Ms Ali, who works in the energy industry, gave a talk at the Royal Institution, London, in 2015, as part of ALD – an experience she described as “incredible”.
“Since then I’ve done quite a few things for television documentaries”, she said.
According to data published by STEM Women – a company which organises networking and careers events – there has been little recent improvement in addressing gender inequality in the sector.
Figures which it has compiled indicate the number of women in the STEM workforce in the UK increased marginally between 2016 and 2019, from 21% to 24%.
It says data trend analysis suggests women will still hold under 30% of the jobs in the sector by the end of the decade.
In September the Apple boss, Tim Cook, told the BBC he was worried about the lack of women in tech and said there were “no good excuses” for it.
Mrs Charman-Anderson said the situation was damaging not just to women, but also UK companies and the wider economy.
“There’s a big body of evidence to say that companies with diverse leadership perform much better – so you’re leaving money on the table if you’re not looking at these issues. What’s lacking is the willpower – and the money.”