When you look at the standard list of innovators and leaders in the field of technology, you will see common names such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Linus Torvalds (Linux) and so on down the line. Sadly, this list is always dominated by men. Unfortunately, for the women who do enter this industry, 50% of them will end up quitting and moving on to other endeavors. This is just one of the facts analyzed by Coupofy in their infographic about women in technology.
But what is it that causes women to leave tech, or perhaps overlook it as a career entirely?
Why were half of the women fleeing this profession. The survey shows us that 30% leave because of the working conditions. They had three primary grievances: lower pay than expected, too many hours, and the feeling that they were unable to get a promotion. The next reason, at 27%, was their desire to spend more time with the family. 22% were unfulfilled by the work itself and wanted to do something else. And 17% did not like the workplace culture.
However, there are women out there making a difference in technology. I remember when I took my first computer class in the late 1970s, we were taught about Grace Hopper and her incredible achievements.
Grace Hopper (photo, right) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. In 1944, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language. She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages.
Following Ms. Hopper have been leaders in the industry such as YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki, Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, and Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg (photo, below).
In terms of tech jobs in the wider corporate world, 87 of the Fortune 500 Chief Information Officer positions are now held by women, including big companies such as Mary Barra at General Motors.
I encourage you to review the infographic below to see more interesting facts about women in technology.
Padychova, Zuzana, Tech is No Longer Just a Man’s World, Women Who Code, September 30, 2016, https://www.womenwhocode.com/blog/tech-is-no-longer-just-a-man-s-world.
Wikipedia, Grace Hopper.