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International Women’s Day - why equity, not equality, is what’s needed post-pandemic

There hasn’t been much progress around gender equality in tech, with the number of women working the technology sector hovering around 17%  for the last 10 years. And now it looks like the numbers could actually drop, according to new research looking into the impact on gender from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fifty-seven percent of women tech leaders feel the pandemic has set gender roles back, while more than a third believe women’s roles have regressed 10-20 years as they shoulder the burden of home-schooling, work and household chores.

Fifty-four percent of respondents to the accelerateHER survey said COVID has made it more difficult for women to break into the tech industry, compared to only 32% who believe the same is true for men. Furthermore, half of women tech leaders said it is now more challenging than ever to secure a promotion, achieve a senior leadership position or get onto the board.

It's a UK study, but it can be reasonably assumed that the data will be reflected elsewhere. That being so, what can women in tech do to ensure they don’t get miss out on career progression in the post-COVID workplace? And what should businesses be doing to ensure there isn’t a decrease in the number of women working in technology?

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