Shaping the Future of Technology: Women in IT

Jenn Johnson
Jenn Johnson

Marketing Coordinator - eGroup Enabling Technologies

This March, as we honor the exploration, recognition, and celebrations surrounding the indispensable contributions of women in American history during Women’s History Month, we can’t help but reflect on the role and growth of women in technology. 

What Does It Mean To Be A “Woman In Technology”?

Currently, about 26% of the technology workforce is made up of women. However, being a woman in tech isn’t simply a woman working in the industry. It entails bridging the gender divide in the technology workforce, dismantling gender-related stereotypes, and fostering innovation within the sector. Despite having a different perspective, a workforce that is more inclusive of gender diversity is advantageous for businesses—particularly in IT. 

"For me, being a woman in technology goes beyond shattering stereotypes; it's about rewriting the script to make space for everyone. As a practitioner of intentional transformation in the OCM and technology field, I find purpose in creating inclusive environments where diverse voices propel our innovations forward. In this fabulously dynamic and fast-paced industry, we're not just driving progress; we're sparking that 'wow' moment for the next generation."

Why Is There Such A Big Gender Gap in Technology?

The gender gap in the tech industry begins early—even before women choose their college paths or receive guidance in high school. A mere 16% of women are encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) a stark contrast to the 33% of men receiving similar suggestions. This disparity underscores the urgent need to address the lack of representation, which is important for forming perceptions about identity. Closing this gap necessitates initiatives aimed at cultivating women’s interest in tech or presenting it as a viable career option from the outset of their educational journeys. 

“Women in technology are breaking through traditional barriers and challenging societal norms. The women in this field contribute to diverse perspectives, nurture both creativity and innovation, and prove that gender should never limit one's ability to thrive. Being a woman in technology extends beyond personal success for me, and I welcome the opportunities and responsibility of knowing that I am also an influential role model for aspiring individuals. At its core, navigating the tech industry as a woman is inspiring because it involves overcoming challenges, contributing unique perspectives, enabling oneself and others, and playing a crucial role in shaping the future of technology.”

How Is Gender Diversity In The Tech Industry an Advantage in Business?

Gender diversity breeds innovation by bringing together people with different perspectives, experiences, and problem-solving approaches. This diversity fosters creativity and leads to the development of more effective solutions and products. Not to mention, promoting gender diversity allows companies to access a broader talent pool, enabling the recruitment of the best candidates for positions and thus raising expertise and performance levels.  

It’s interesting to note that gender-diverse teams tend to make better decisions. Research has shown that diverse groups are more likely to consider a wider range of viewpoints and perspectives, leading to more thoughtful and comprehensive decision-making processes—a feat that is incredibly valuable in the tech world, where complex decisions and strategy shape business outcomes.  

Embracing gender diversity also contributes to the creation of an inclusive and supportive company culture. When employees feel valued and respected for their unique contributions and perspectives, it results in higher levels of job satisfaction, retention, and overall morale.

Businesses generally consider their bottom line first, but as it turns out, companies with diverse workforces tend to be more profitable. Studies show that organizations with higher levels of diversity outperform their less diverse counterparts financially. Gender diversity in the tech industry is not only a matter of equality but also a strategic advantage that can drive innovation, improve decision-making, and ultimately contribute to the success and profitability of companies in the sector. 

At eGroup Enabling Technologies, we encourage and value a diverse workforce, with people from all backgrounds and cultures. We’re in the business of helping others succeed, and always looking for creative individuals to round out our team of stellar go-getters.  

What better way to grasp the significance of being a Woman in Technology and its critical role in the field than by hearing from our very own women in technology: 

"Embracing diversity in a male-dominated industry isn't just about leveling the playing field, it's about recognizing the invaluable contribution of diverse perspectives. In a world where innovation thrives on the convergence of varied viewpoints, fostering an environment where women and all minorities are celebrated and empowered to participate, not only drives progress, but unlocks a whole new spectrum of creativity and innovation that propels industries forward with unparalleled momentum."

What Does The Future Hold For Women In Technology?

"Being a woman in tech is about defying stereotypes, not just by showing up, but by speaking up. Our voices matter, not just for us, but for the women we’ll inspire. When women innovate, we don’t just add lines of code or trouble-shoot problems, we elevate what’s possible. Our unique perspectives are shaped by diverse experiences which allow us to see what others might miss. We’re the bridge for a more inclusive culture. Whether it’s in boardrooms or design studios, our presence matters. We’re not just here to fill a quota; we’re here to shape strategy. So, my message to every woman considering a career in technology: You belong here. Your voice matters. Your ideas are essential. Embrace the challenges, celebrate the victories, and know that you’re igniting a more equitable future."

In the technology landscape, strategy shapes decisions and action for solutions and desired outcomes. Similarly, we can apply strategy to increasing women’s involvement in the tech industry: 

  • Educational Initiatives and Early Exposure: Start by providing children with exposure to technology at a young age through educational programs, workshops, and camps focused on coding, robotics, and STEM subjects. Advocate for gender-inclusive curriculum and educational resources in schools and universities.  
  • Role Models and Community: Showcase successful women in technology as role models to inspire aspiring female technologists. Create communities and networking opportunities specifically for women in technology—local meetups, online forums, or professional organizations where women can connect, share experiences, and offer support to one another. 
  • Promoting Inclusive Work Environments: Foster inclusive workplace cultures within tech companies by implementing policies and practices that support diversity and gender equality.  
  • Internship Programs and Industry Partnerships: Offer internship programs targeted towards women to provide hands-on experience and exposure to real-world tech projects. Partner with companies to create opportunities for women to gain practical skills and industry insights. 
  • Celebrate Achievements: Recognize and celebrate the achievements of women in technology through awards, conferences, and media coverage. 

By implementing these strategies, we can create more inclusive and diverse industries that harness the full potential of women’s talent and creativity. 

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