Fewer women in top U.S. tech jobs since 2010: Only half of survey respondents think it’s a problem
Despite all the efforts of NSF BPC programs, the number of women graduating with undergraduate degrees in computing is not rising. Now, Reuters reports that the number of women in top technology positions has dropped for the second year in a row, despite the efforts of groups like the Anita Borg Institute and NCWIT.
There’s no direct causal relationship between those two sentences — it takes too many years for undergraduates to reach the top technology positions. But I do wonder if there are similar external variables influencing each. Is our society saying loudly and clearly to women, “don’t go into computing”? And that message is showing results at both the undergraduate and executive levels?
That last sentence in the quote below is perhaps the most confusing. Only 9% of top positions are held by women, 30% of respondents say that they have no women in upper-level positions — but only half of respondents think that women are under-represented in IT? Perhaps no one pointed out to the respondents that women are half the population? I can understand the argument that talent, perhaps especially executive talent, is not distributed evenly. But why should anyone believe that such talent is only in the men? And how can one believe no women have such talent in 30% of the respondents’ companies?
The number of women in senior technology positions at U.S. companies is down for the second year in a row, according to a survey published on Monday.
Nine percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) are female, down from 11 percent last year and 12 percent in 2010, according to the survey by the U.S. arm of British technology outsourcing and recruitment company Harvey Nash Group.
About 30 percent of those polled said their information technology (IT) organization has no women at all in management. Yet only about half of survey respondents consider women to be under-represented in the IT department.