“Women represent more than 50 percent of the American professional workforce and own more than 40 percent of private businesses in the U.S., yet they fill only 25 percent of technology jobs and start only 8 percent of technology companies.
In contrast, research shows that tech companies with a higher representation of women in their management teams have a higher return on investment; that startups run by women use less capital and are more likely to survive the transition to established company; and that including women in a group is more likely to increase its collective intelligence, helping it solve problems better and faster than homogenous groups.”
In Europe the picture is no better with a significant under representation of women at all levels in technology.
- Why do you think we women are still not up there with the guys re technical careers?
- If you’re a younger woman tell me how was the topic taught to you at school?
- If you are in a technical career how did you get there? Was it relatively easy?
- What do you think would encourage more women into these roles?
I’m really looking forward to hearing from you. Please pass this on to any techie friends you have, guys too. Let’s get a debate underway!
The European commission has a report on women in technical positions which you can download here.
Photo Credit: Joao Estevao Andrade de Freitas
Posted on May 4th, 2011 by Jane