- Women have grown to represent roughly 59% of the workforce as the enrollment in computer sciences has consistently decreased since its peak in the 1980’s.
- Women in the field are leaving citing a lack of female leadership, mentorship, and the male pat-on-the-head mentality.”
“… a pat on the head for doing exactly the same thing your male counterparts did to achieve exactly the same results. If they were being more direct: It’s impressive that you overcame the intellectually debilitating condition of being female to understand the nuances of deep learning. You’re really smart — for a girl.” (Spiers)
- Tech companies attempt to address the issue by hiring more women.
They claim a higher percentage of women employed, but the number of tech women in these companies is not comparable. According to Sarah M. Aoun, in This Is What Tech’s Gender Gap Looks Like, Yelp boasts their workforce is 50% women but only 21% are tech women. Twitter has 21% women but only 10% tech women. Google has 18% tech women and Facebook 16%.
- Gendered socialization extends to steering women away. Despite the growth of STEM programs for young women to enter the field, only 20% continue their STEM interests into college.