“Women in tech are gaining ground slowly and making steady progress in shrinking the gender gap. However, despite various efforts to ensure gender diversity in different industries, a lot remains to be done to empower women in the technology sector. While it is commendable that one-third of the enterprises have taken the first step towards an inclusive approach, we have barely scratched the surface. As per the Skillsoft Women in Tech Report 2022, the ratio of men outnumbering women is higher in tech companies than in non-tech companies. Although overall female representation in the tech workforce has improved slightly then previous years, yet the distribution of responsibility levels is still a concern. The same report shows that women comprised only 17% of the mid-level manager positions and only 11% of the senior-level positions. At this pace, we can only hope to reach near-parity in 2045!
We need to understand that biases at the organizational level are creating opportunity barriers for women who have the skill set to excel in tech leadership roles. The age-old systemic gender imbalance emerges as the topmost challenge for women in tech. As per the same report, women face a lack of equity in opportunities as the biggest challenge in pursuing a tech-related career. The scenario is not very different in non-tech companies either where women professionals continue to face inequity compared to the opposite gender at every organizational level. It's high time that organizations, be they tech or non-tech, must promote women in leadership positions to usher a significant change toward gender balance and therefore better business practices.”
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