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Closing the Tech Sector’s Gender Gap

Last year marked the first year since 2006 that the percentage of women working in the technology field declined, a troubling reversal for an industry that had been making progress in closing the gender gap. Industry leaders should work urgently to revive progress toward parity – for the sake of their bottom line.

AMSTERDAM – I am a woman, and I am proud to say that I work in technology. But I also recognize that the combination of those two facts puts me in the minority.

According to the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap Report, progress toward gender equality eroded last year. For the first time since 2006, when the annual employment study was launched, the percentage of women working in most industries shifted “into reverse.” The slide was particularly acute for women in software and technology development.

Tech is a key driver of social and economic change, and around the world, women like me are transforming businesses, industries, and communities. Sadly, our ranks remain a small fraction of the total workforce. Not only do we need more women in the technology sector; we also clearly need to refocus energy on improving gender equality in the global economy.

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