October 7, 2021
Gender parity is not an issue in the tech industry. It should be. But the industry hasn’t progressed that far. Right now, despite years of sweeping declarations of dedication to the principles of DE&I, the tech sector is dead last in the job market when it comes to hiring women. (No statistics are available for non-binary members of the tech industry.)
Statista reports that while the percentage of women in the U.S. work force rose to 47% over the last decade, it’s only around 25% in the tech industry. Even at the five largest tech companies (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft) — some of the loudest in proclaiming their determination to advance DE&I — it’s only around 34%.
So gender equality is still far off, much less equality and — do we dare to dream? — parity.
NOTE: For the purposes of this article, equality refers to providing opportunities that are exactly the same for everyone. Equity bridges gaps in equality. Parity is being equal in amount, status and value.
So, for example, equality would be providing all employees with a restroom key. Equity would mean that all restrooms were accessible to the disabled. Parity would provide restrooms of the same quality and number for men, women and unisex.
CIO recently provided statistics from nine facets of IT work that spotlight the career challenges confronting women in IT.
Scroll through the above gallery for a look at the gaps women in IT are encountering in their quest for equality, equity and — someday, hopefully — parity.
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