In the tech industry, women hold only about 21% of the leadership positions and only 14% of the software engineering positions. The ratio of men to women in tech is astonishing compared to the overall workforce. Only slight progress has been made over the past 5 years. Gender equality is still far from reach, even in the tech industry and especially in the C-Suite. Numerous surveys over the years have documented the underrepresentation of women in the tech industry as well as STEM-related fields. Representation matters and that is why it is essential to celebrate women leaders in powerful positions who, with their work and achievements, inspire other women to aspire to similar success in the tech industry.
The relationship between women and technology is kind of stereotypical as people usually imagine that women are not experts or feel comfortable in the world of technology, leave alone the question of them being at the helm of affairs in tech firms or being empowered women leaders. At best, women are expected to occupy the lower strata of the job hierarchy and they are kept far away from the orbit of the vital decision-making process. To be more specific, women have a minimal role in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the companies in which they work. But things may no longer be the same. Here they arrive and for good.
In the fast-changing world, facts also change, and in some cases for the better. In recent times a number of women have become real game-changers in the tech world. Making a highly effective blend of impeccable academic background and intensive on-the-job experience, they are displaying extraordinary ability to guide their respective companies to higher peaks of success. What is to be flagged here is the point that the performance of women’s leadership is not confined to maintaining the status quo in companies. Their zest leads them to aggressively take up huge complex challenges that have to be negotiated to move forward in an extremely competitive tech world. Thus, making each of them one of the empowering women leaders to follow in the 21st century.
Such development reveals what has been hidden from us so far: the gender bias; with women at the receiving end, is a mental construct of the patriarchal forces. It shows that the argument that the ‘weaker sex’ is not up to the mark in performing in the high-tech world is a myth that puts women in subordinate positions.