Enduring obstacles have exacerbated many of the already long-standing gender gaps affecting women in STEM education and training, technology workplaces, and venture funding.
Despite programming’s origin as a woman-dominated field, the share of bachelor’s degrees women earned in computer science declined from 27% in 1998 to 20% in 2018. In the workforce, women’s representation in computing and mathematical roles has remained at about 25% since 2007. Notably, women made up just 19% of software engineers in 2019.
Women who found technology-related startups face their own stubborn gap. Funding for sole female founders represented just 2.4% of all venture capital in 2020, down from a paltry peak of 3.4% in 2019.
These figures indicate a wider need for women-focused technology education, training, innovation, and investment. Yet narrowing these gaps in representation hinges on access to a stronger ecosystem of support overall—highlighting the efforts of organizations and ESG investors seeking impact in gender equity.
The above is a excerpt from a piece by Marypat Thenell Smucker featured on TheImpactivate.com.