By J.H. Satterthwaite and J.S. RamachandranApril 25, 2018 8:12:56Women in tech are being excluded from the tech elite and are being overlooked in favour of men, says a new report.
The report by the New York-based Women in Tech Foundation argues that many of the problems facing women are systemic and that tech companies should focus on improving women’s visibility in the workforce and promoting diversity.
It’s a trend that’s happening in many industries, but in tech it’s happening at a slower pace, said the report’s co-author, Jane G. Miller, a research fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Miller said tech companies need to “focus more on women’s inclusion in leadership and leadership skills, and more on the inclusion of women as co-founders, CEOs and team members.”
“I think it’s going to take a little while to get to the level where women are not only included in the top leadership but also in the board of directors,” she said.
“But it’s not going to be hard to get there.”
The study found that women are less likely to join senior management positions than men.
Women are also less likely than men to have a leadership role in their companies, but women are still overrepresented in management positions.
“In a lot of cases, women are getting the short end of the stick,” said Miller.
“It’s not clear that we can separate the two, but it’s clear that they are not receiving equal opportunities.”
The report, titled Women in Technology: A Women’s Perspective, found that tech workers are less diverse than their male counterparts.
Only 13 percent of women and 17 percent of men are minorities.
Women and minorities make up 15 percent of all CEOs in the U.S., according to the Brookings report.
Women are more likely to be hired as developers and designers, than in management, engineering and technical positions.
Women make up 13 percent and 16 percent of engineers and designers in Silicon Valley, while women make up 20 percent and 26 percent of managers in the Fortune 500.
Women also hold fewer senior positions in tech than men, with only 12 percent of CEO positions held by women compared to 14 percent of executives.
But there is evidence that women may have a higher standing in the technology workforce, with women making up a higher proportion of software engineers than their peers.
In a 2015 survey of more than 7,000 software engineers, 51 percent of respondents were women and 44 percent of those were women in senior management roles, compared to 22 percent of male software engineers and 15 percent in engineering.
And, in a 2016 study, Catalyst found that among the more than 5,000 tech workers surveyed, women held a higher number of senior management and management skills, including leadership, than men did.
The gender gap in tech is more pronounced among women than men according to Miller.
Women tend to hold lower salaries and are less represented in tech.
“The gap is wider for women than for men,” she noted.
“I think we’re seeing a very pronounced gender gap.”
The problem is, she said, because tech has been a male-dominated industry, and the industry as a whole has a male leadership culture.
“We don’t know what the right way to be in tech and in the leadership pipeline is,” she added.
“If you’re not in a leadership position, you’re going to fall behind.
If you’re a female, you can’t get ahead.
And that’s going on in every industry.”
The New York City-based study also found that the vast majority of women are white and male, with the exception of software developers and the software and hardware industry.
Women in leadership positions are often in a position to benefit from the diversity in the industry, according to co-authors Jane G Miller and Janice G. Jones, both former executive directors at Google.
“They have an opportunity to be seen and respected as leaders, but they don’t get the opportunities to be recognized as leaders,” Miller said.
“They’re not getting the credit they deserve for being in the company and leading the company.”
And, women still face barriers in tech that make it harder for them to succeed, according in the report.
“As women in tech continue to be underrepresented, we need to work on a path to open up the spaces for women in leadership, as well as the spaces that make tech a more inclusive place for everyone,” the report states.
The study calls for “all companies to actively support, fund and foster the inclusion and promotion of women.”