Why gender equality in tech is a prerequisite for gender equality in society
Tech is the future, yet women are not on track to participate in shaping that future
Tech is the most powerful industry in the world. It shapes the way we live our lives and enables us to create new businesses and solve problems at an unprecedented speed. The digital economy currently is valued at $11.5 trillion globally, comprising 15.5% of global GDP, and has grown two and a half times faster than total GDP over the past 15 years. The sector is also generating jobs at a disproportionate pace: the number of ICT specialists in the EU grew by 39.1% from 2011 to 2018, six times greater than the increase in total employment.
Despite the clear importance of tech to our future, women are still severely underrepresented in the sector. In fact, a decreasing percentage of women are joining the industry today. In the EU, women make up approximately 17% of the tech workforce, a decrease from 10 years ago, when 22.5% of the ICT workforce was female. In the US, 37% of computer scientists were women in 1995. Today, that figure stands at 24%.