Gender Equality In Tech
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- by: Charles Good
As March and Women’s History Month have come to a close, it is important to address that women are continually underrepresented within the technology industry while being some of the most talented workers in the space. Women remain severely under-represented and continue to leave the industry at alarming rates. In fact, women make up only 25% of all technology workers and the quit rate for women in tech jobs is 41%, or more than twice the rate of male workers.
Historically, the tech industry has been dominated by men, creating additional barriers for women who want to enter this field. Some of the greatest deterrents include implicit bias, misunderstood motherhood, a lack of mentorship, and income inequality between genders. Women often feel greater pressure to prove their professional worth repeatedly due to these biases and receive greater pressure than their male co-workers.
Additionally, when women choose to have both a family and a career, their commitment to their work can be wrongly called into question by employers; who may even assume that a female worker will permanently depart. Regarding this issue, there has been some progress on paid parental leave for mothers in the US. The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, which took effect in October 2020, grants federal employees 12 weeks of paid leave following the birth or placement of a child. However, the US allows for limited paid maternity leave when compared to other countries. Greece allows for 43 weeks of paid maternity leave and the United Kingdom allows for 39 weeks of paid maternity leave.