WONDER WOMEN IN TECH INDUSTRY
"I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." – Quote by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
Women are half the population of the blue planet and its progress without their marching in step with men is not possible. Right from birth and for their entire lives, women across the world are discriminated against and considered inferior. Women are held back from schools to be rejected for promotions and given lower salaries. In this blog, we look at women and their place in the tech industry.
Most of the impression is that women and the tech world don't go together. Let's look at the ratio of women in our prestigious IITs, to begin with. In 2016, only 8 % of its student strength were women, which went up to 18% in 2018 as per the ministry report to the parliament. From the year 2020-21 onward, the government has decided to put in a quota of 20% seats which will be reserved for women to improve women and tech. This is a good step and will help correct skewed numbers in these places of education. In other institutes of higher learning, the numbers are rather low or dismal.
The step to creating wonder women does not end with education or hiring through diversity policies by the HR team. This is the first step in the journey. The others which must be taken are:
Pay parity for the same role and same work
Equal opportunities for promotions
Support on issues such as sexual harassment at work
Flexible policies on issues such as flexible working hours, work from home or maternity benefits
A survey in the USA showed that nearly 40% of women with tech degrees quit the industry or don't enter at all. The numbers for India are similar or even worse. As the pyramid starts showing up, the number of women in managerial positions starts to fall. Family commitments are one of the biggest reasons and why women are under pressure more than men. Why is that? Now in India, as per the government mandate of 2013 on any board of directors of a listed company there has to be at least 1 woman. Diversity is the name of the game and it is a game-changer.
For any company in the 21st century, let alone in tech industry diversity is crucial to show that you are in modern times. Hire people with different backgrounds, make a difference, show you care and your bottom lines will get better. Whether hiring a coder, a developer, give women a fair chance to prove themselves. In fact, give preference to women, have a "positive quota" in your office, and see the business transform. Be the change you want to see.
Codleo Consulting has 33% women on its payroll including its Managing Director and Chief of Human Resource besides techies. The aim is to improve this % over time. Codleo is committed to diversity on all fronts (gender, religion, sexual orientation, caste, and ability).