Why Women Don’t Go into Tech Fields

There are signs that things are getting better everywhere in terms of gender equality, and have been doing so for a long time. Yet many feel that things have slowed and that there are still plenty of barriers that prevent both men and women from achieving full equality. If you are one of those people… sorry. Equal opportunity is there for most men and woman in 1st world countries. However, one of the major areas of interest is that the world of tech still seems to be struggling to attract women. What everyone wants to know is; why? Are women naturally less inclined to be interested in tech or adept at the skills required? Or are they discouraged from aspiring to positions in tech, either from a young age or once they enter the workplace?

To look at some statistics, in 2017 only 20% of Google engineers were women, and the same is true across many other big tech companies. Fewer girls at school choose to study tech-focused subjects too. However, it’s interesting to note that the gender balance of girls and women in tech is different in different countries. In India and Malaysia, for example, the gender balance is much closer to being representative of the actual population. In fact, fewer women in the west engage in computer science now compared to the ’80s, although other STEM subjects such as medicine have seen an increase in women.

Technology is a great ally of female life which by definition is multitasking but only 19% of technology managers are women and only 9% of smartphone application developers are women. In Europe, only 3% of girls graduate in computer science and for what concerns the use of the Internet, in Italy the gap is greater than in the rest of Europe because … Continue reading >>>