Closing the Gender Gap in Tech: Why It Matters and How We Can Make a Difference

Posted By:
Shalini Singh
February 3, 2023

As part of the WaveMakers Leadership program, I was able to meet many ladies working in the tech sector. As someone who has always been fascinated by it, it opened doors for me to learn more about the tech space and women’s experience within it. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about numerous changes to the job market, one of which is the Great Job Migration. Remote work has become the new norm, and this has created a surge in demand for tech jobs, which are well-suited for remote work. The tech sector has responded with a boom in job opportunities, ranging from software development to data analysis.

However, despite the many opportunities available in the tech sector, there is still a noticeable gender gap. The underrepresentation of women in tech has been a persistent issue for many years, and it is unfortunate to see that it has not improved significantly. According to a recent study, women hold only 25% of the jobs in the tech industry, and this number decreases even further for women of color.

Moreover, leadership positions in tech spaces are also predominantly held by men. This can create a workplace culture that is not inclusive or welcoming to women, which can make it difficult for them to advance in their careers. This gender gap in the tech sector is not only unjust, but it is also detrimental to the industry as a whole. Diverse perspectives and experiences bring a richness to the tech sector that is otherwise missing when one group is vastly underrepresented.

It is important to acknowledge that the gender gap in tech is not solely the result of individual women not pursuing careers in tech, but rather a result of systemic issues. These include the lack of role models, the absence of workplace policies that support gender equality, and a lack of investment in programs that support women in tech.

However, there is hope. Many organizations are beginning to realize the importance of promoting gender equality and are taking steps to address the gender gap in tech. When round after round the same issues in tech kept being brought up, the WaveMakers team decided it was time to do a focused leadership cohort for Women in Tech, and to arm them with the tools they need to be successful.

So, what can we do to close the gender gap? Here are a few things that could help:

  1. Encourage more girls to study STEM subjects in school. This can help create a pipeline of talent for the tech industry.
  2. Promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This includes creating a welcoming and supportive work environment, as well as actively seeking out diverse candidates for open positions.
  3. Provide training and resources to help employees identify and address biases. This can help create a culture of equality in the workplace.
  4. Highlight successful women in tech and their accomplishments. This can help inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in tech.
  5. Create more mentorship programs specifically for women in tech. Having a mentor can be incredibly helpful for building confidence and developing skills.

By taking these steps, we can work towards closing the gender gap in tech and creating a more inclusive industry for everyone. Creating a more inclusive industry is not just a matter of fairness, but also a way to drive positive social and economic change. A more diverse and inclusive tech industry will lead to a wider range of perspectives and experiences, which will result in more innovative and creative solutions.