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Session 801: IT Women, We Can Do Better

Vicki Rogers  (Senior Change Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Date: Thursday, November 11

Time: 10:20am - 11:20am

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Track: Building and Leading a World-Class Culture, Maximizing Performance

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

In my notebook, at the bottom of most pages, are two numbers. They look like this: 4/14, 2/50, etc. They represent the number of women in the room at any meeting I attend. I started doing this years ago, documenting a very real and persistent problem in the IT world: missing women, especially women of color. Those numbers, for at least the past 10 years, have never reached the 50% mark. In fact, my observations reflect what the National Center of Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) reports, that only 26% of the technology workforce in 2019 were women. Only 3% were African American women. Only 7% were Asian women. Only 2% were Hispanic women.

What is especially concerning is that the number of women in IT has consistently declined or remained the same since the mid-1990s. Today, 57% of professional roles are held by women, but only 26% of technology roles are held by women. In 2002, 35% of computing roles were held by women. In 1996, 41% of computing roles were held by women.

Maya Angelou said, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." This session will review current data on women in technology, discuss why we're backsliding, and then outline strategies for doing better.