Community Building: Women in Tech
I made a new friend the other day. Her name is Megan Wilson. She lives in Kentucky. She emailed me. And she shares the same passion around workplace gender equality in tech as I do.
Megan's email alerted me to some research she has done around the gender gap in tech and its detriments. A number of things really jumped out at me on the following infographic and, with permission, I've shared it below. Namely:
- 56% of women in tech leave their jobs in the middle of their career.
- In the U.S., women earn less than a fifth of all computer engineering degrees. In Indonesia, women earn nearly half of all engineering degrees.
- Teams that included at least one woman had a collectively higher IQ than teams comprised solely from men.
As the leader of Metal Toad's Commitment to Diversity, I have worked hard to place the Toads in conversations around the gender gap in tech. We are actively working to represent our Portland community inside our workplace and we have made some significant strides over the past 18 months. That said, Megan's email highlighted some areas of improvement that we can strive toward.