Programs and policy drive 1% uptick in representation of women in tech

Programs and policy drive 1% uptick in representation of women in tech

Dive Brief:

  • A study of 572,000 technologists at 76 companies found women occupy 25.12% of technical roles in 2019, according to the Top Companies for Women Technologists report published Thursday by AnitaB.org. The report includes data from Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce and other organizations.
  • Women in tech representation rose 1.09% this year, a number that’s almost identical to last year’s increase rate (1.08%). Researchers say the slow but steady growth is the result of programs and policies aimed at increasing the hiring and retention of women.
  • Minority groups hold the smallest share of tech roles, but they saw higher year over year growth rates. Black/African American women now hold 8.2% of technical roles, up from 5.5% in 2018. Hispanic/Latinx women represent 5.8% of technical workers, up from 4.9% last year.

Dive Insight:

Intentional steps from leadership can retool company culture and improve gender inequity in the tech industry. Even if slowly.

But industry should boost its yearly representation increase by more than 1% if it wants to reach 50/50 equity for women in technology by 2025, said Michelle C. Flatt, VP of programs at AnitaB.org, the tech equity nonprofit behind the study.

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