breaking gender barriers

Why So Few Women in Tech?

The proportion of computer science degrees awarded to women today is a meager 18 percent. The number is even more surprising when you compare it to the proportion 33 years ago, which was 37 percent!

No wonder women are holding only one in four technology jobs today, even though they account for 40 to 59 percent of the world’s workforce, depending on the country. At the same time, we are facing a shortage of tech workers! How to solve this problem?

A global survey by ISACA tried to find the answers by polling more than 500 women around the world.

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"Organizations should deliberately train or groom women and assign them responsibility over technically challenging assignments. Organizations should also embrace a culture that does not make women feel like they have to prove themselves and work six times harder than a man to get the job."

Ookeditse Kamau, CISA, MBA, CIA, CRMA, IT Internal Auditor

"I think it's very important to get more women into computing. My slogan is: Computing is too important to be left to men." 

Karen Spärck Jones, Professor of Computers and Information at Cambridge Computer Laboratory

"Affirmative action and equal opportunity was never and is not intended to let people with fewer skills and less experience triumph over those with more. It was intended to aid a decision between two people who have the same set of skills."  

Tarah Wheeler, Women in Tech: Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories from Successful Women in Tech to Take Your Career to the Next Level

"If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on." 

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

"By learning to create technology, girls learn to speak up."

Regina Agyare, Founder of software company Soronko Solutions