4 ways tech leaders can become agents of change and help the industry reach gender equality
When Gavriella Schuster entered the tech industry back in 1991, 36% of the computing workforce was made up of women. In 2019, that number dropped to 27%.
“It’s going in the wrong direction,” Schuster said. “And it’s really about to get much worse.”
Schuster was a featured speaker Thursday at an annual Summit hosted by Women in Cloud, a Seattle-area economic development initiative that aims to help boost the number of women leaders in the tech industry.
Schuster, a 25-year Microsoft veteran who leads the company’s global Microsoft One Commercial Partner Team, pointed to three trends that could worsen the tech industry’s gender gap.
“By percentage, there are fewer women entering technology; there are more jobs in technology; and more women are being displaced by the technology,” Schuster said. “This is really a recipe for disaster.”