Being a Woman of Color in Tech — Why Representation Matters
For many years, women of color have fought for a seat at the table in their respective industries. Although many have broken barriers and pushed limitations, being the only woman of color (WOC) in the room is still the norm in tech. The challenges for women of color in this space have made it a struggle to level the playing field in this industry.
There’s no secret that in the channel, diversity is an issue, especially concerning the representation of women of color. There aren’t many – if any – leaders in this space who are women minorities. Data shows that Black women hold 3%, Latinas hold 1% and Native American women hold just .03% of technology jobs, and even fewer are in leadership positions. When we look at these numbers, it should be extremely alarming to businesses. That’s because diversity breeds innovation, which in turn makes the company profitable against its competition.