While women make up nearly half of the workforce, only 26% of tech-related jobs are held by women and they hold an even smaller number of tech leadership positions, particularly in Fortune 500 companies. At Hello Amigo, our core team includes four women whose roles include account management, graphic design and content development. We shared our thoughts on women in the tech industry.
As a Senior Designer, I help lead and shape our creative direction every day with the support of three other brilliant women. Our hard work continues to make Hello Amigo a successful creative agency. And it’s always rewarding to know there is a strong female presence behind it.
While there has been progress in gender diversity in the workplace, women’s representation in the tech industry remains low. We’re still seeing a lack of equal pay, a small percentage of women in leadership roles and no clear path for advancement. Strong efforts and new standards still need to be made in the tech industry towards the hiring and equality of more women, especially women of color.
It’s important that women know that there is a seat at the table for them in the tech industry. The ratio of men to women in the industry is still very skewed. I want to see women equally integrated as equal team members in their respective jobs. Women belong in tech and the industry needs women’s ideas, input, creativity, talent, and drive.
I appreciate that our team is made up of mostly women. They encourage and inspire me. In the same way, women in tech should feel valued, respected, and heard in their field, industry, and workplace.
I believe innovation is best fueled by diversity. An organization’s greatest assets will be a diversity of thought, experience, skill and education. Considering the world population is pretty close to 50/50, organizations that predominately employ men are missing critical input from women. The tech world, and ultimately society, benefit from diversity of voices and opinions in the ideation, design, production and testing stages of a project or product. As women bring a perspective to the table that cannot be matched or replaced, true diversity means a balance of women and men, of varying races and ages, across all positions within an organization.
I’m incredibly grateful to be able to work in tech, an industry that wasn’t always so inviting to women. Tech is certainly changing in the direction of inclusivity. The industry has made great strides to include the voices, opinions, and experiences of women when creating products. Women make up a large part of administrative and creative roles in the tech industry. This representation has certainly shaped the customer and user experience. I certainly feel like respected and meaningful part of my team.
Although the tech industry still does not have was much woman representation as other industries, such as education, this industry is still leading the charge in changes which benefit women. Tech companies consistently offer greater parental leave, opportunity for growth, diversity trainings, and wellness benefits. The tech industry still has a long way to go in terms of culture and pay equality. This will only be possible by including women and POC in leadership roles.
We hope our perspectives lend themselves to expanding your view of the tech industry and how we can collectively continue to improve it.
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