Should We Worry That There Aren’t As Many Women in Technology as Men?

Interesting discussion is taking place on LinkedIn about the difference in number between men and women in technology and engineering. Women still only represent about 15% of the over all workforce in these two critical industries and in some cases, the numbers are on the decline. 

There have been a lot of articles written about this fact and a general outcry demanding that we find ways to make the gender inequality a thing of the past…that is until two days ago.

There is currently a great LinkedIn discussion going on where people are sharing their recommendations for groups and organizations that support girls in technology. The list is long and varied and soon I will be posting here as a resource, but in the meantime, a woman posted this comment:

I’ve got a question – why do you believe it is important to encourage girls in IT and engineering?

How will both girls and society benefit from getting more women in technology?
I am worried that there are less and less girls interested in IT classes in my previous company. The share of girls dropped from round 24% 4 years ago to round 14% last year. I first thought this is our local tendency. But after a quick research I understood this it is a global tendency. My question is – should we accept it as it is, or should we put some considerable efforts into fixing the situation?

Wow – talk about your conversation starter. My first answer is economic. It is a fact that women make only $.77 on the dollar for what men earn in most fields however, in technology and engineering the gap is significantly decreased.  Women in tech and engineering fields typically earn upwards of $.92 to every man’s dollar. 

Just as a question of economics it is the right thing to encourage girls and young women to pursue these careers – they’ll make more and thus help their own personal financial picture which in turn helps the greater economy. 

Additionally, businesses with women leaders out perform businesses with only men at the helm. The different skill sets women bring to the board room are proving financially beneficial for the greater good of the business.

Do We Just Throw Up Our Hands?

The numbers don’t appear to be improving – women are not seeking careers in technology and engineering. So do we do as the woman in the comment section suggests and just accept it as is or do we continue to look into this situation and find answers?

I hope you know where I stand but I’m taking this to Facebook and asking the question -should we care that there are still far more men in technology or just take it as a fact for the way things are?