Promoting Female Leadership in the IT Industry

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The tech industry may be dominated by men in terms of numbers, but there are lots of brilliant women in leadership positions that are changing the landscape. Statistics on the number of women in tech careers reveal a hard truth: the industry is overwhelmingly dominated by one gender. In a 2018 study, women made up only about 25% of the United States tech workforce and those women often earn less than their male colleagues. These innovators and entrepreneurs run some of the world’s biggest tech companies and most promising startups, but most importantly, they’re propelling the kind of future we want to be a part of. Although there are many, many more tech leaders we could have included on this list, this group was selected based on their following and sphere of influence in the world today.

Reports reveal that the IT industry has a remarkably higher rate of gender discrimination compared to other industries. One of the major reasons for the lower number of women in tech is gender stereotyping. The lack of role models also creates challenges for women to pursue in the tech world. Undoubtedly, there is a need for strategic efforts to promote women in technology. Collaborating with them in every step an organization takes could be an obvious solution for business growth. This will not only impact businesses’ bottom lines but also there will be diverse thoughts and ideas in the workforce. Moreover, higher gender diversity within a team brings better returns and also lower volatility.

Over the past year, the world has been battered by multiple crises, including a global pandemic that has infected tens of millions, cost more than 1.5 million lives, and devastated almost every nation’s economy. But according to a study by the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), countries led by women had “systematically and significantly better” outcomes related to COVID-19, which were the result of “proactive and coordinated policy responses” such as earlier lockdowns. In this year of challenge, women have offered models of creative, thoughtful, and decisive leadership, whether guiding a nation with a steady hand or rising against injustice, these leaders offer glimpses of how to make progress in the most difficult of circumstances.