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CompTIA Highlights Work to be Done Getting Women into Technology

Speakers at a virtual meeting of the membership organization’s Advancing Women in Technology interest group discussed the reasons so few women hold tech jobs at present, and the keys to correcting that imbalance. By Rich Freeman

In 2017, just 36% of technology-related jobs in the U.S. were held by women, according to the federal government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Four years later, frustratingly little has changed, according to Carolyn April, senior director of industry analysis at IT membership organization CompTIA.

“We haven’t seen a ton of progress in the tech industry in particular,” said April yesterday at an online town hall meeting of CompTIA’s Advancing Women in Technology interest group. The relatively few women currently in high technology, she added, aren’t climbing the corporate ladder as fast as male peers either. 

“There’s a definitely a ceiling within a lot of tech jobs, and you’re not seeing a lot of representation at the higher levels of management,” April said. The coronavirus pandemic, moreover, has only exacerbated the problem. 

“COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women,” April observed. “Women who are parents tend to be the ones that will have to stay home with the kids and help do the virtual schooling and everything else that’s going on.”

Indeed, 40% of mothers in and outside technology spend at least three hours more per day on household responsibilities now than they did before the pandemic, according to McKinsey(link is external), and mothers are twice as likely as fathers to worry about caregiving duties weakening perceptions of their performance. 

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