Women are long time suffers of ‘imposter syndrome’, especially in
fields dominated by men. However, women around the world have been able to bring a new perspective to the tech industry, and their skills and experience are just as valuable when they feel comfortable enough to impose them. Studies like this can help bring confidence to women who do not feel their opinion matters to the tech industry.” Over the years, people have begun to recognise the issues regarding gender differences in certain sectors and have started to make an effort towards diminishing it.In the Women in Tech Survey Report 2019 by Ivanti, women talk about their experiences in the tech industry. Women have noticed that, in the majority of situations, the industry has changed for the better. Although ‘being taken seriously due to gender perception’ remains the biggest challenge women have to face in tech, there has been a 14.6% decrease in women experiencing this issue (in 2018, 63% of women stated this as an issue, in 2019 53.8% of women stated this is an issue.) There is only one issue that noticed an increase from 2018 to 2019 and that is ‘the glass ceiling’. Unfortunately, 27.1% more women feel there is a barrier which stops them progressing.
What women want most is ‘equal pay and benefits’ (63.7%) and clear and well documented progression opportunities’ is next on the list of rights women in tech would like to enforce in their workplace. This comes as no surprise, as mentioned before, many are still experiencing issues with the glass ceiling.
The most powerful Tech women
Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, tops the list as the
most recognisable woman in the tech industry. “The most powerful woman on the Internet” as named by The Times, Wojcicki helped make Google the successful platform it is today, and her decision to purchase YouTube in 2006 has proven to be a great business decision as the platform is said to have US$15 billion in annual revenues. Second on the list is Jacqueline de Rojas, the President of techUK and Chair of the Board of Digital Leaders, followed by Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, and Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM.
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