We Need More Women in Tech

Derek Khanna with The Atlantic sharing data late last year:

57 percent of occupations in the workforce are held by women, in computing occupations that figure is only 25 percent. Of chief information officer jobs (CIOs) at Fortune 250 companies, 20 percent were held by a woman in 2012.

The data doesn't stop there:

In 2010, 57 percent of undergraduate degree recipients were female, but only 14 percent of the computer science degrees at major research universities. Incredibly, this number has actually fallen in recent years: In 1985, 37 percent of undergraduates degree recipients in computer science were women. By 2010, that fell to 18 percent, and at major research universities, the number was 14 percent. 

And the punchline:

Incredibly, just 0.4 percent of female college freshmen say they intend to major in computer science—an astoundingly low number. 


We’ve done lots of research on why young women don’t choose tech careers and number one is they think it’s not interesting. Number two, they think they wouldn’t be good at it. Number three, they think they will be working with a number of people that they just wouldn’t feel comfortable or happy working alongside.

When I ask my daughter about getting into computers or starting programming she says the same thing, "It's not cool."