Author: Eileen Krepkovich
Published: 30 June 2015
The numbers have been in for some time now, and they reveal a sobering truth: the so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) remain exceptionally male-dominated. The metrics on women in tech are actually getting worse.
The graphic illustrates how the number of women who pursue computer science has sharply declined over the past 20 years, in contrast to achieving near parity in other professional fields such as medicine and law. The current reality is that girls are five times less likely to consider a career in technology than boys.
While Charlottesville is justifiably proud of the tech scene that has blossomed over the last decade, our town is not immune to this diversity issue. In fact, many local tech companies report a workforce gender imbalance. This is an important consideration for our technology community, as it is a proven fact that diverse teams are more successful. According to a Deloitte Consulting study, highly diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams by 80 percent.