Leadership Roles: A Highly Visible Symbol of Equality for Women in Tech
In Dice’s new Equality in Tech Report, 58 percent of technologists who identify as women stated they believe gender-based discrimination occurs frequently or very frequently, compared to 31 percent of men.
Discrimination is also perceived as a factor when it comes to opportunities for career advancement: The study found nearly half (47 percent) of women respondents said they’ve witnessed discrimination in leadership opportunities; some 45 percent had encountered discrimination in the context of promotion, and 32 percent said that discrimination had interfered with project opportunities.
“Women are currently underrepresented in IT as related to overall population. By promoting qualified, capable women, IT has the ability to set the standard for harnessing the talents of knowledge workers and providing paths to success for all employees,” said Krystin Fakalata, regional executive, Dayton, at Array Information Technology. “As we continue to encourage STEM activities to children, with a special emphasis on young girls, we need to provide them with role models who can provide mentoring and examples of achievement. Kids can’t dream what they can’t see.”