At the beginning of March, women were paid homage to during ‘International Women’s Day’ established by the ONU in 1975. Originally, it’s purpose was to establish gender equality for working women in the context of the industrial revolution. Today, it claims to enhance the role of women in society.
Few companies stand up for equality. Some initiatives have been promoted, as events aimed at giving visibility to women in the world of technology (Women in Mobile at the annual Mobile World Congress).
An ISACA report has revealed the main barriers that prevent the incorporation of women in the technology sector. Women make up for 1 out of 4 technology jobs and they only keep 21% of the executive roles that exist.
Up to 37% of computer science degrees awarded in 1984 fell to women. At present, the proportion of graduates has dropped to 18%. 48% point out the lack of mentors in this industry who represent them and also another challenge lies in the lack of female role models in technology. “You can’t be what you can’t see,” said Caroline Ragot, one of the co-founders of Women in Mobile, encouraging tech women to become more visible and adopt role models so that all young girls know that if they want to become app developers, robotics engineers or big data analysts, those are jobs also suited to them.
Wages of women in Tech
Another problem that holds women back in this sector is wage. 35% report unequal salaries with respect to their colleagues, despite having the same skills. The remuneration of women continues to be 18-22% behind that of men in this environment.
Despite this data, the times are already changing, although slower than it could. LinkedIn revealed that the technology industry has represented the biggest advances in hiring women, with a 24.4% increase in the annual rate of new female hiring. At the managerial level, hiring of women for IT director position has increased by 57% since 2008.
It is everyone’s job to fight stereotypes because we want and need more women in technology.