Why Support Women in Technology?

Supporting women in technology fields goes beyond simply balancing the numbers. Historically, the tech sector has been white, young and male, and only conscious effort will change the imbalance. The good news is that efforts to close gender gaps in the tech industry yield rewards in the form of happier employees, higher profits, and recognition as a company making a difference. Read on to find out how you can support women in technology, whatever your company role or gender. Inspire future women in technology When you support women in technology, you are also supporting the future of the industry. Since 1993, the number of women in the STEM fields of science, engineering, and mathematics has been on the rise. However, in technology fields specifically, female participation has decreased. A few shocking stats: In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. This infographic shows staggering statistics. Women hold fewer than  than 20% of US tech jobs (and the number is going down!).  A survey shows that girls show an interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields as young as 11 years old but many get discouraged and lose interest before age 15.  There are only five female …