This just in: Fewer women are getting educated in computer and info science now than back in the 80′s. Not only that, but the few women who do venture into careers after achieving that kind of education are still making significantly less than men in their fields. Yes, really.
The title of the infographic is a question, Can Women Succeed in the Tech Sector? Not too long ago – about 5 years – I asked myself that same question from a personal perspective. I decided that I couldn’t – at least not in the real sense of the word, because my job in the tech sector required tons of travel, super late nights (sometimes until midnight), and the reality that there were NO other women doing my job. Sure, there was one new college grad who wasn’t married, had no kids, and no real life outside of work. But once I got pregnant, I started to doubt whether or not I could manage a true tech job with a new baby. The job lost.
Surely there are women out there – even mothers – who have wonderful jobs in IT working 8 to 5, little to no travel requiring time away from family, and an overall great experience. And maybe the real reason women and IT don’t seem to mix well is that women just aren’t interested in it to the degree that men are. But there’s also the tiny possibility that while women are capable, they are just simply choosing not to go that route. It wasn’t until long after I quit my job that I realized and then admitted to the the real reason I left.
What is the real outlook for women in technology? Check out the below infographic for some very interesting revelations.
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