This lack of women taking up tech related degrees translates into the workforce, where at many tech companies, males form the overwhelming majority. This leads to women experiencing sexism and feeling like they don’t belong. According to a survey by The Guardian, 73% of workers in the tech industry believe the industry is sexist. With news stories of sexism rife in the industry, it’s clear there is a work culture problem of ‘brogrammers’ that needs addressing.
With more women leaving the industry, it makes having role models at the top increasingly difficult. This further adds to the image of a male-dominated tech world, and adds to the cycle of female discouragement. As Linda Davis, CEO of Next Generation Recruitment points out, Having key women in senior leadership roles will positively encourage other females to join an organisation that is supportive of advancing women’s careers, thus increasing overall company growth and productivity.