Women in Technology: By the Numbers

Women in TechnologyWomen are the lead adopters of technology. Women use the Internet 17% more than males, women use their mobile phones more than males, women use social media site more than males, and women own more tech devices than males, according to 2012 research by Intel’s Genevieve Bell. Still, we see major discrepancies in women IN technology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of women enroll in college compared to 63% of men. However, in 2012 just 18% of all computer science majors were women, down significantly from 37% in the mid-1980s. This dramatic drop off has led to a major gender gap in the technology industry.

Women in Technology: By the Numbers

Despite women occupying 57% of professional occupations in 2013, only 26% of computer-related positions were held by women the same year, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. African American women comprised just 3% of the workforce, Asian women 5%, and Hispanic women 2%. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that professional women who work in computer and mathematical occupations earn 84 centers to the dollar versus men.

More Interesting Statistics

  1. According to Silicon Valley Bank’s fifth annual Innovation Economy Outlook, less than 50% of technology companies have women in the C-suite or serving on the board of directors.
  2. Google’s workforce is only 30% female, Yahoo 37%, Facebook 31%, and LinkedIn 39%.
  3. 56% of women in technology leave their employers mid-career.
  4. A study by researchers at Harvard Business School found that just 7% of venture capital funding goes to women-owned businesses.

By the year 2020, it is estimated that there will be more than 1.4 million computer science jobs in the United States alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. How many of these positions will be filled by women?

Google Made With Code Campaign

Google, in conjunction with Girl Scouts of the USA, National Center for Women & Information Technology, SevenTeen, TechCrunch, Girls Inc., and Chelsea Clinton, has recently launched “Made With Code,” a campaign to encourage women to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathmatics) education. Google has invested $50 million to support programs that can help get more females into computer science.

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