9 Local Women in Tech on How to be a better Ally in the Workplace
While the number of women in tech grows larger each year, gender inequality remains a pressing — and persistent — issue: According to a 2020 Pew Research Center report on gender inequality, 64 percent of women surveyed said the country hasn’t gone far enough when it comes to giving women equal rights as men.
And that translates to the workplace, too. In a 2017 study by Pew, more than 40 percent of women surveyed said they experienced discrimination in the workplace.
Statistics such as these are why women need allies in the workplace who can advocate for them and give them the space they need to not only share their voices but amplify them.
“Creating an inclusive and diverse workplace doesn’t just happen by watching it come together from the sidelines,” said Alina Shehzad, a product designer at XSELL Technologies. “Everyone has a part to play in making it happen.”
Being an ally for women can mean different things, whether it’s giving women the chance to speak up and share their ideas in a meeting, or making sure women have leadership roles within a company.
Built In Chicago caught up with Shehzad and eight other local women in tech to learn how people can become better allies for women in the workplace.