When you start to look into it, the gender gap is technology is pretty expansive. It is no wonder when you look at some of the ways early computers and even video games were marketed as toys for boys only. But this goes way beyond childhood. Because of the biases in place before individuals even start their careers, women who do make it into
It is no wonder when you look at some of the ways early computers and even video games were marketed as toys for boys only. But this goes way beyond childhood. Because of the biases in place before individuals even start their careers, women who do make it into technology-based jobs often leave earlier than their male counterparts. So what is all the fuss about? Let’s take a much closer look at the current gender gap in tech-based jobs.
While the salary gap is closing, the change is far from fast. Tech is one of the industries with the most progress in this arena. A survey of health IT workers showed that the average salary for a woman was 99% of their male coworkers in 2015. That is a huge jump from 82% of the previous year.
Skills are Undervalued
While the overall employment culture does need to reach equality in this area, it is also common for women in tech positions to undervalue their work. When asked what they deserve to be paid, women typically responded with a figure at least $3,000 less than men asked the same question. With qualified women downplaying their skills, there may be further implications in the workplace.
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An Evolution of Workplace Culture
There was also a long period of time when tech jobs were considered solely the environment for men. This could make women feel unwelcome in the workplace and led to fewer accepting these jobs. However, this is one place where big strides are being made and many companies are actively engaging women and creating work places where they can succeed.
Women inUpper Management.
However, one of the most startling trends in tech is still the under-representation of women at the highest levels. In general, 45% of people entering the workforce are women, but only 37% of individuals at the supervisor level are women. When it comes to C-Level executives, the number drops to only 17%. It is critical that women feel they have a voice in all levels of the tech industry. The only key here is for talented women to continue to work hard for higher level roles within companies.
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