International Women’s Day is commemorated every year on March 8 to raise awareness for women’s rights, equality, safety and justice. This year, the United Nations celebrates International Women’s Day
under the official theme #BalanceforBetter, advocating a more gender-balanced world.
While the tech industry tends to take pride in changing the world of work, and often, with a bit of hubris the world per se, the technology sector is actually further away from achieving gender equality than the U.S. economy as a whole. While the percentage of women in the United States labor force
has gradually climbed to 46.8 percent
over the past decades, it is still significantly lower in the tech sector.
As our chart, based on various tech companies’ diversity reports, indicates, female employees make up between 27 percent (Microsoft) and 47 percent (Netflix) of the workforce at major tech companies, with the percentage dropping much lower when it comes to actual tech jobs. In terms of leadership positions, the status of women in the technology sector, as represented here by the eight companies in our chart, is roughly on par with the rest of the economy. In 2015, women held 25 percent of executive, senior-level and management positions in S&P 500 companies
– a percentage many tech companies match or exceed, but one that is still far from parity.