We Need More Women in Tech Roles
Scholars and policy makers have stated that women have been underrepresented in the important fields of study such as science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM fields. Scholars are trying to pinpoint the various reasons for this gender gap in STEM fields and they are also looking for ways to increase diversity and lessen the gap within STEM fields.
Experts say it could be from a lack of female interest, societal encouragement, biological or structural explanations, or social-psychological explanations.
Women make up 25-40% of the total workforce of most tech companies, however only half actually reform core tech functions. On June 25th, Facebook made its gender diversity numbers public for the first time. According to this, Facebook said that women make up 31% of its workforce. Google has also stated a 30% female workforce out of nearly 50,000 employees.
A non-profit called Sanbergs Lean In was launched in March last year that aims to help and encourage women to stay active within their careers – even as they start families.
Google is also making an effort to support and encourage women to pursue computer science degrees by donating more than $40 million to organizations with aims of recruiting women into science-related roles.
It is no surprise to anyone that a science career track is something that has been in demand for the past few decades, especially with the exponential growth of dot com and tech bubble companies. Historically women are less involved in engineering careers than men. This is the time to change this and to create environments for women to excel in leadership roles while performing in technical roles. As the industry changes, we need to be prepared to keep up.
There are many organizations and networks with the idea of advancing the female workforce, those who have exponential success in mind, especially for the rising tech industry. It is important to stay on top of rising industries and have technologically educated women trained for managerial and leadership roles for the future.
There are a many of factors that may have an effect on the low representation of women in STEM careers. Anne-Marie Slaughter, who is one of the first woman appointed as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, has recently stated a few ideas and strategies to improve the corporate and political environment. Slaughter aims to support women in fulfilling to the many roles and responsibilities that they undertake.The academic environment for women may prove to be beneficial by implementing some of the ideas she has come up with to help women exceed the gender gap, all while maintaining a work-life balance.