Why women are leaving the tech industry

We just discovered surprising statistics that may shock you. We live in a world where we believe that women have equal opportunity, but do they really? You see, the opportunities are there for women to take, but that doesn’t mean every one is on board, and those that aren’t may in fact damage it’s progress and growth because of personal views. Personal preference and sexist views take generations to change, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change.

The News & Observer recently published an article titled “Why women are leaving the tech industry in droves,” written by Tracey Lien from the Los Angeles Times. Women in this industry leave after years of work and effort because opportunity towards management are not presented to them. Ana Redmond had a successful technology career, but in 2011, decided to leave before achieving a management position because the work environment was hostile. Garann Means, after 13 years in the industry, also left due to an unwelcoming environment.

The tech industry consists of mainly White and Asian males. Compared to women, it has a  4:1 ratio (4 males to every 1 female).

A Harvard Business Review study performed in 2008 revealed that as many as 50 percent of women who work in the science, engineering, and/or technology field will, over time, leave due to hostile work environments. However, this saddens our economic future because the technology field is growing quickly and rapidly and we need many workers to fill in these roles, but if more than half the population can’t perform due to a “hostile” male culture, then what do we do?

Google has a female engineering workforce of only 17 percent, Pinterest at 21 percent, and Facebook at 15 percent. The numbers are incredibly low, and if you look up tech company CEO’s or entrepreneurs, what you mostly find is men. Most tech companies are run by men.

In order to change we need to teach both men and women approach methods and make both sexes aware of sexist views and biases. Along with that, we need to assemble tactics in addressing problems and issues women face in the industry and how to combat these attacks, even subtle sexist attacks. We can change our culture, but it takes effort from a vast majority of people. That includes you.

Women, overall, are not leaders in many of the world’s industries. The technology industry is only one.

We hope you enjoyed this article and hope you have become aware of the issues women face in the tech industry. Please share you thoughts in the comment box below. We would love to hear what you have to say. 

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