Representation Matters: DEI And The Underrepresentation Of Black Women In The Technology Sector
We all know that tech has largely been a male-dominated industry. However, the lack of Black women, in particular in the tech space, is becoming more and more visible with time, even as DEI initiatives have risen to become a top priority for companies globally.
According to Pew Research, there has been no change in the share of Black workers in STEM jobs since 2016, and while women now earn a majority of all undergraduate and advanced degrees, they remain a small share of degree earners in fields like engineering and computer science—and continue to be significantly underrepresented in those areas of the workforce as well.
As tech professionals, we are the ones who have the power to change this narrative so that the face of the industry isn’t singular. The first question to answer: how can we get more Black women to join the tech industry? The second—and maybe even more important—is, once hired, how can we ensure that they stay?
It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that their recruitment efforts reach diverse prospects to not only bring on candidates of all backgrounds but retain workers by making them feel safe and understood.