Rebecca Knight has written for this blog about a US study that proved what we all knew to be the case: despite the fact that jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics attract up to 33 per cent higher salaries than those in other industries, women still are not choosing them.
The rot, says Leslie Sobon, corporate vice-president of product marketing at AMD, the microchip maker, sets in early.
The US Department of Commerce has released new data on the gender gap in science and technology and its economic impact on women.
Laura Yecies’ CV lists degrees from Harvard, Georgetown and Dartmouth. She has run divisions at companies such as Yahoo and Netscape, and she is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French. But, she says, proving she was worthy of a chief executive seat in Silicon Valley was no easy task.
A few months ago, this blog asked: do you have to be a guy to be a geek? The question has been raised again several times in the past week.
Maija Palmer, writing in the FT, explores possible reasons why fewer women are pursuing careers in technology than a decade ago. “Women accounted for just 18 per cent of UK technology professionals in 2010, down from 22 per cent in 2001,” she notes.
Writing for Edge magazine recently, Clint Hocking, creative director at LucasArts, the gaming company founded by film director George Lucas, makes a plea for more women to enter the games development industry – in particular to provide “balance”.
On July 6, the Financial Times publishes the next Women at the Top page as part of its flagship project on female business leadership.
What are the “hot” jobs of the future? The answer is debatable, but it is clear what is not hot.
This week I interviewed Janice Chaffin, group president of the consumer business unit at Symantec, the software group that owns the Norton suite of internet security products. I began by asking her why there aren’t more women in the technology industry.
I don’t know why engineering has been bad at attracting women and even worse at keeping them. I do not have the statistics, but anecdotally I am aware of a steady flow of women dropping out of courses being attracted by other disciplines.