What’s Holding Back Gender Equality in the Technology Sector?

If there’s one sector that gender equality does not seem to permeate, it’s technology, and despite women excelling in various other fields gender equality in tech seems to be something elusive and this seems to be getting worse rather than better. Let’s make it clear that it’s not because women aren’t in technology; from a young age, many girls love to dabble in all things tech. However, this interest often tapers off in high school and if they do pursue STEM education, it’s often because they are forced to do so by their parents, which is often the case in India, parental pressure is real. 

Women are less likely to enter a specific industry if they know they’re underrepresented in it

While some girls are encouraged to pursue more “feminine” roles, others are forced to quit their tech jobs early since their womanly duties call. “A lack of female mentors and leaders also contributes to the decline. Women are less likely to enter a specific industry if they know they’re underrepresented in it. This phenomenon leads to fewer women joining the tech workforce and its related fields. The lack of women in tech becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and it has long remained like this, with only incremental changes,” said Grit Daily. The truth is that there is a history of inequality in the industry from sexual harassment to unequal wages and these have thrived over the years even as gender equality seems to the buzzword in the tech sector. The truth is that there have been too many harassment exposés in the last few years which has severely discredited the industry and has branded it a boy’s club and a frat house. These are only the stories we have read about, there are many have been silenced and paid off.

Technology is something everyone uses in their daily lives, regardless of gender

There seems to a lack of women in computer science, information technology, and data collection and there are many openings for women in the sub-fields, however, there seems to be a lack of qualifies women. The truth is that the world is increasingly dependent on technology to help run almost every professional sector and hence it is vital that women make themselves a part of it, however, this means that the tech sector also needs to welcome them and make it a safe and comfortable environment for them. Technology is something everyone uses in their daily lives, regardless of gender, however, technology is only created by a majority of men. It is not news that men and women think differently and therefore, in order to bring the best tech idea to the world, it is important that men and women bring together their minds to bring the tech sector to newer heights. 

Image credit: Gender Policy Report

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