New York may have double the female founders, but that statistic refers primarily to fledgling startups. What about the ladies leading large technology companies?
According to a new report by technology recruiting company the Harvey Nash Group, the number of women in top-tier IT positions has decreased since 2010. “Nine percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) are female, down from 11 percent last year and 12 percent in 2010,” reports Reuters.
A three percent dip over a two-year period doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you consider the fact that the percentages are already so low–nine percent–it’s a pretty dramatic decrease. We’re in single-digits territory now, ladies. Pretty depressing.
But here’s the clincher, according to Reuters:
About 30 percent of those polled said their information technology (IT) organization has no women at all in management. Yet only about half of survey respondents consider women to be under-represented in the IT department.
So statistics clearly indicate that men account for the vast majority of technology professionals, but only half of those surveyed think that women are under-represented? That means that about 50 percent of people don’t think it’s a big deal that men dominate over 90 percent of managerial IT roles.