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International Women’s Day: What The Tech Industry Is Doing To Change The Gender Inequality Narrative

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It’s no secret that the technology sector for years in the past lagged behind along with the rest of the world regarding gender equality in the work place.

Within the industry, female CEOs represent just 5% of the Fortune 500 and just one in five computer science graduates are women.

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Some statistics from CWJobs for women in tech, found that three in five IT decision makers across the UK’s IT and tech sectors said that said future tech innovations would be negatively impacted due to the poor representation of women in IT roles.

Almost nine in ten respondents cited that there is a gender imbalance weighted in favour of men within IT and technology roles, and 55% of female respondents state that female IT and technology staff are paid less than their male counterparts in their organisation.

The survey also revealed that 40% of respondents felt that introducing technology in schools as an essential subject is the most cited way to attract more women into IT/tech roles.

With that being said, Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) today have collaborated with a charity called Inspiring Girls to address the diversity gap in STEM subjects. They filmed a dozen female employees at google encouraging young girls to pursue a career in technology.

Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU) has established a stand-alone Diversity & Inclusion function, with a global focus of increasing the number of women in STEM careers and the formation of the Micron Women’s Leadership Network (MWLN).

Interestingly, executive search firm Odgers Berndtson disclosed that average salaries for women leaders in the technology sector have moved ahead of men for the first time.

The finding is disclosed today in a global study of almost 1,000 executive searches for top roles in technology which the firm has carried out since 2015.

During this time both women’s share of top commercial roles and their earnings doubled – with average salaries for women exceeding those for men for the first time in 2018, according to the company.

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