04 Oct Programs and policy drive 1% uptick in representation of women in tech
- 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.
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.