There is great interest in understanding why the technology industry and wider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields have low participation by women. In this guest post, Lucy Wright summarizes some key studies that address this disparity and offer solutions to increase diversity.
Much has been written about the dearth of women working in the technology industry. From an apparent low interest in technology-related subjects at school through to the small number of women employees in tech companies today, there is a serious and undeniable under-representation of women in the tech industry. This is despite the fact, that women have been some of the most innovative pioneers of technology historically.
Key statistics are below:
- Women own only 5% of start-ups in the US
- In the UK, only 5% of women are in a technology leadership role
- Only 3% of British high school students say they would choose the technology sector as a career choice
- Only 16% of women have had a career in tech suggested to them
What are the issues underlying this?