Closing the Gender Gap in Tech Businesses
While the IT industry is still male dominated, women have started closing the gender gap in tech. High level appointments in tech companies include
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
- Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube
- Meg Whiman, CEO, HP
- Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, CEO, IBM
- Lucy Peng, Co-founder, Alibaba
- Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo!
According to the infographic below, women in business are underrepresented in the technology industry, making up just 34.9% of computer systems analysts, 23% of computer programmers, and 17.3% of computer network architects. Women occupy less than 20% of technical positions at Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo, and Twitter. Women also hold just 15.4% of engineering positions at startups and just 6 of the top 100 tech companies’ chief executive positions. And unfortunately, 56% of women with technical jobs leave midway through their careers.
But businesses are realizing the benefits of having more women in technology. Mixed gender teams produce IT patents that are cited 26%-42% more often, and women-led tech enterprises produce 12% higher revenues with 33% less capital.
At George Mason’s School of Business, we are supporting women in business and closing the gender gap in tech. Our Women in Business Initiative aims to provide a unique platform of engagement for professional development and networking and to build a supportive network of female business professionals that will open doors for our current female students, our female alumni, and other businesswomen, alike. At Mason, female students make up 26% of the MS in Tech Management degree program.
Take a look at the infographic below for more statistics on women and technology.
Mason’s MS in Technology Management program helps you further your technology leadership career, positioning you to take advantage of opportunities as you sharpen your ability to adapt and excel in an ever rapidly changing business environment. It provides you with an executive-level perspective and the right skill portfolio to manage across all business disciplines. Mason’s MS in tech management degree has a relevant and focused curriculum, experienced faculty, flexible program design for working professionals, active IT industry and global partnerships, and accomplished students and alumni.
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