Despite The Wage Gap, Tech Professionals Still Encourage Young Women To Join The Industry

by Erin Kelly
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If you do a quick Internet search on gender diversity in tech, you’re bound to find some discouraging messages out there, not to mention some alarming statistics. But we probably didn’t need to tell you that. News headlines rattle off some pretty hard-to-swallow trends throughout the industry, including gender inequality, an unsettling wage gap, and insufficient recognition for female talent. No matter what you've heard — and a lot of what you heard is true — there's still plenty of data that should encourage you to dive into tech if that's your passion.

To dive deeper into the issues that affect women who work, or aspire to work, in technology, we partnered with Dice, your go-to resource for discovering opportunities, insights and connections in technology. Together, we surveyed both women and men who have already established a career in tech to learn more about the realities of the industry.

The results were surprising! While the survey revealed that millennial women are well aware of the potential challenges associated with being a woman in tech from the start of their careers — for example, 82 percent of women go into the industry believing in the wage gap — nearly 90 percent would still recommend a career in tech to young women. Ninety-one percent of men seem to be on board with that recommendation, yet there continue to be outliers that reinforce old, negative stereotypes — and facts to show that when it comes to equality in tech, we still have a ways to go.

To learn more about the realities of women in tech, and why experienced tech pros feel positive about giving equal educational opportunities, check out the infographic below.

Dana Leonetti

This article is sponsored by Dice.

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