Challenges facing women IT entrepreneurs

April 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm 3 comments

Interesting article in the New York Times about the challenges facing women seeking to start up IT companies.  It’s not women avoiding hard work — starting up any company is hard work, and women own 40% of all businesses in the US.  The problem as described here seems to be overt sexism and assumptions about the role of women.  The social cost is reduced innovation for everyone.  Nice references here to a variety of studies from NCWIT, ABI, and CSTA.

Women own 40 percent of the private businesses in the United States, according to the Center for Women’s Business Research. But they create only 8 percent of the venture-backed tech start-ups, according to Astia, a nonprofit group that advises female entrepreneurs.

That disparity reaches beyond entrepreneurs. Women account for just 6 percent of the chief executives of the top 100 tech companies, and 22 percent of the software engineers at tech companies over all, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. And among venture capitalists, the population of financiers who control the purse strings for a majority of tech start-ups, just 14 percent are women, the National Venture Capital Association says.

That reality is even more complex when race is factored into the mix. Small percentages of workers in information technology are African-American, Asian or Hispanic, and that number is even smaller for women.

via Why So Few Women in Silicon Valley? –

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  • 1. weilunion  |  April 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Certainly it cannot be argued that the role of women in starting up IT companies is muffled by sexism. But this is only a small portion of the issue.

    i work for Kaiser Permanente and train IT workers. Many are here on H-! visas from India and Egypt. Those that are not exist in India and elsewheere where labor is cheaper.

    So the real problem is our trade policies that allow good American jobs to be outsourced to India, China and Pakistan and Egypt. Why pay an IT worker a US wage when you can pick the labor up for cheap abroad.

    These are the policies of global capitalism that are making it impossible fore women and men to open up any enterprise. We cannot compete with unfree labor policies.

    Our corporate masters know this and thus if women do open IT businesses, they will find they will be importing labor under HB-1 visas. Running chop shops that hollow out America assuring a surplus population of no jobs, no future.

    American workers simply cannot compete with low wage IT workers, nor do they have much of an education to do so.

    The great cybernetic revolution that was to free us all and make us live like the Jetsons, is now the panoptical eye that controls us. It is hi tech serfdom


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