Why Tech Needs Women Leaders and How to Get Them
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment – Women’s Right To Vote. It’s a time to remember Susan B. Anthony’s historic fight for the equal right to vote and the continued struggles for equal political and economic opportunities for women.
Despite national conversations about gender diversity in tech, women are still underrepresented, underpaid and often discriminated against in the tech industry, numbers show. To this day, we still don’t have gender balance in tech. Half of all tech startups do not have any women in their leadership teams, and women in tech hold only 24% of available senior vice president, C-suite, and other senior leadership positions. The situation looks even worse at the highest levels of management; in 2016-17, just 17% of Silicon Valley tech startups had a woman on their founding team.
It’s time for change. Women belong in boardrooms, public office, the tech field and leadership. Is closing the gender gap the right thing to do?
Of course, it’s the ‘right’ thing to do. But there’s another reason to balance the playing field that is business based and vital … it produces better teams, better organizations, and a better bottom line. The reason for this is not just for equality but because having a more diverse workforce leads to thought diversity. And thought diversity opens the door to finding new and creative ways to approach challenges and solve problems.