Gender Parity: There’s No App for That in the Tech Industry

The more things change, the more the tech industry’s lack of gender equality remains the same.

Buffy Naylor, Senior Managing Editor

October 7, 2021

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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.

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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Buffy Naylor

Senior Managing Editor, Channel Futures

Buffy Naylor is senior managing editor of Channel Futures. Prior to joining Informa (then VIRGO) in 2008, she was an award-winning copywriter and editor, then senior manager of corporate communications for an international leisure travel corporation and, before that, in charge of creative development and copywriting for a boutique marketing and public relations agency.

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