Women in Tech survey: How diverse is the tech scene?
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Women are underrepresented in the tech sector —myth or reality? We would like to get to the bottom of why gender diversity remains a challenge for the tech scene. Therefore, we launched a survey aimed at identifying the diversity-related issues that prevent us from achieving gender equality in technology workplaces.
How diverse is the tech scene?
A research study by The National Center for Women & Information Technology shows that “gender diversity has specific benefits in technology settings.” In the past few years, tech companies have started to invest in initiatives which aim to boost the number of female applicants, recruit them in a more effective way, retain them for longer, and give them the opportunity to advance.
A report by Dalberg claims that “since 2014, several companies have taken the bold step of making their diversity goals explicit and public.”
Investments in diversity within tech are beginning to recognize the scale of the challenge facing the industry, and also identifying the many ways in which diversity drives bottom-line performance.
Furthermore, Elephant in the Valley, a survey launched by a group of female executives in Silicon Valley discovered that 75 percent of the respondents were asked about family life, marital status and children in interviews and almost 90 percent have experienced clients/colleagues address questions to male peers that should have been addressed to them.
JAXenter has addressed the diversity issue in the IT industry on several occasions and has invited the women in tech to participate in the discussion and in current and future JAX conferences. Even our latest survey launched in early 2017 shows that women were underrepresented.
With that being said, we decided to dive deeper into the diversity topic. We invite all male and female readers to take a moment to fill out this survey.
Your input will help us identify the diversity-related issues that prevent us from achieving gender equality in technology workplaces.