More and more women are pursuing educations and careers in the STEM fields, and that is a good thing. Indeed, women in tech are building a better tomorrow, and we're going to go into why in a little bit. First, a few statistics.
A Look at the Numbers
Here are some interesting stats about women in the tech workforce, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology:
- 57% of professional occupations in the 2018 U.S. workforce were held by women.
- 26% of professional computing occupations in 2018 were held by women.
- 20% of Fortune 500 CIO positions were held by women in 2018.
- 3.5 million U.S. computing-related job openings are expected by 2026.
- 49% of 2018 Intel Science and Engineering Fair finalists were female.
Most stats look promising, but some are actually moving backwards. For example, in 1985, 37% of computer science bachelor's degree recipients were women, compared with just 19% in 2017.
Why is this? According to a study in Entrepreneur, researchers say one reason women choose to not pursue computer science degrees is because they buy into the stereotypes about the types of people who work in the STEM field and can't picture themselves fitting into that framework.
As an aside, women should be treated like any other teammate, championing each other and giving credence to their expertise. A recent study in the Economist found that women's voices are judged more harshly than that of men. This is one barrier of many that discourages women from entering tech-heavy industries.