Women in the tech industry are severely underrepresented, especially Black, Latina, and Native American women. Despite the fact that major tech companies increasingly implement diversity initiatives, the number of women of color in the tech industry is declining – so what are these companies getting wrong?
A recent study from McKinsey & Company suggests that tech companies can increase gender diversity among their workforce by improving key investments in corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
Women in Tech Companies Today
From K-12 computer classes to C-suite positions within major tech companies, women suffer severe underrepresentation in the tech industry. Only 19% of computer science degrees go to women, and only 26% of employees in the computer science industry are women. Only 11% of senior-level leadership in tech companies are women.
Compared to white and Asian women, the statistics for Black, Latina, and Native American women in computer science are much lower. Only 3% of computing employees are Black women and only 1% are Latina women. The percentage of Native American women is so low that the tech industry considers these employees “statistically insignificant.”
Key Components to Drive Diverse Change
McKinsey & Company’s study suggests that tech companies implement a series of key components to increase the presence of women of color among their employees. Some of these components include:
- Targeting women and girls in employee diversity initiatives. Strive for a female employee representation of 40% or greater.
- Using philanthropic and CSR initiatives to support women and girls of color, specifically. These women face serious racial and gender discrimination during their computer science journey – use your company’s power to reduce these barriers.
- Considering multiple on-ramps for women and girls. Not all women will become interested in computer science during middle or high school. Fund initiatives at the college-level and beyond.
- Creating a culture of belonging and inclusivity within the workplace, free of discriminatory practices that lead women of color to exit the industry.
To learn more about recruiting diverse talent for your company, contact Schabel Solutions today to schedule an inclusivity workshop for your leadership team.