In the last twelve months, gender inequality and the mistreatment of women in the technology sector has been a consistent topic in the media. On International Women’s Day, we look at what is happening in the industry to tackle the issues at hand.
Of course, technology is well-known as a male-dominated sector. According to Tech Nation, only 19 percent of technology workers, and only 22 percent of technology directors are women. All companies with 250+ employees need to publish figures comparing the average pay of men and women across the
Sexism in the industry is also rife. A recent global survey by Ivanti found that 63 percent of women think gender bias continues to damage their professional opportunities. It also undermines their work environments. In a separate piece of research by Kaspersky Lab revealed that over a quarter of female IT decision makers say they witnessed mansplaining in their day jobs, contributing to the feeling of gender imbalance. It’s also worth noting the $1.9m pay-out by Uber to 56 current and former workers who claimed they were victims of sexual harassment.
This International Women’s Day, the Campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter. The aim is to promote a more gender-balanced world. The technology sector needs to embrace this ideology. Even at the most prolific tech industry events, the gender imbalance is evident: where are the female attendees? Why is there a lack of women keynote speakers? It is time for a change.
What can we do to tackle gender inequality in tech?
There are also several mentoring programmes for women in technology springing up around the country. Structur3dpeople and DevelopHer want to empower women. They want to bring women together to network and share knowledge to help them progress in what is a tough environment in which to excel.
There’s an app for that
In addition, there are a few new UK start-ups which are tapping into a need for employees to discreetly report sexual harassment. Vault
Are the big players helping?
Some of the major tech players have
Sadly, gender inequality in the technology industry is deeply ingrained and won’t disappear overnight. International Women’s Day is particularly significant as it can serve as an important milestone to track progress on an annual basis. More importantly, it helps to create a gender-balanced world.