The Tech Industry may statistically be a boys club, but women in tech are becoming more prevalent and getting more of their share in the booming industry. However, there’s still a daunting mountain to climb of incorporating more women’s voices in male-dominated companies.
For some context, 57 percent of jobs in the 2017 U.S. workforce are held by women, and 26 percent of tech jobs in the 2017 U.S. workforce were held by women, according to the Department of Labor. However, According to TechCrunch, 74% of young girls expressed interest in STEM and computer science, and only 18% of women hold computer science degrees — a disparity industry leaders should be concerned about.
It’s never been a more exciting time to be a woman entrepreneur. More and more inspiring women are rising to the ranks of thought leaders in business and tech.
In the past two decades, the United States has seen an increase of 114% more woman-owned firms. Women are also more likely to start a small business than men, according to a study by SCORE that found 47% of female respondents started new companies compared to 44% of male respondents. For even more scope, 2017 had 11.6 million women-owned businesses, employing about 9 million people and generating $1.7 trillion in revenue, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data.
According to a recent study, the majority of Twitter users are white and male. To add to that disconcerting statistic, of the top 1% of Twitter users with the most followers, 57% were male and only 43% were female. Overall, Asian and black women had the least amount of followers.
Kind of bleak, huh? In these rough political times especially, it seems like a great time to invite more diverse voices to our feeds, starting with women in tech. Here’s 25 #girlboss entrepreneurs and feminists you should definitely follow ASAP.