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Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Women in Tech

Women earn 57% of the country's bachelor degrees and make up roughly half of the professional workforce, yet they represent less than 25% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) employees. And the funny part is, there is a plethora of STEM jobs out there, but not enough qualified workers to fill them.

Back in the 1970s, approximately 37% of computer science degree holders were women. In 2010, this number dropped to 18% (according to the National Science Foundation). But today, the trends are changing as more women are rising to meet the challenge of a traditionally male-dominated field. So why wouldn't you hire more women in tech? By reducing female attrition in STEM by 25% would add 220,000 people to the talent pool. Just some food for thought.

#1: She-Geeks: Women and Girls in STEM by
  • While women make up 47% of the workforce, they represent less than 25% of STEM workers.
  • You'd think that by 2014 more women would be pursuing STEM fields. Wrong. In 1970 37% of computer science degrees were earned by women. In 2010 only 18% were women. 
  • Unemployed? 30% of job openings in big cities are in STEM fields. But only 11% of the population has a STEM degree.
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#2: Woman vs. Machine by
  • Women earn 57% of graduate degrees overall, yet in 2010 only 18% of women graduated with computer science majors.  
  • But there has been a turnaround! From 2003 to 2013, we have witnessed a 42% increase in the total number of women in computer systems design and related services. 
  • Technology companies with more women in management positions have a 34% higher ROI.
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#3: Women Who Tech: Women Rule by Women Who Tech Telesummit
  • Among individuals holding professional jobs in the US, 56% are women. 
  • Fact: Diverse tech and startup teams are critical for innovation.
  • And yet, proprietary software jobs held by women are at 28%, IT jobs held by women are 25%, women executives at Fortune 500 companies is only 11%, and tech startups owned by women is just 5%. 
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#4: The Fiercest Women in Tech by NewRelic
  • Tech companies with more women in management have 34% higher ROI.
  • Women obtain 57% of bachelor's degrees in the US, yet receive less than 18% of computer science degrees. 
  • Teams with at least one female member outperform those with only males in collective intelligence tests. 
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#5: The Rise of Women in Tech by
  • Only 1 in 4 STEM jobs are held by women. Only 8% of venture-backed startups have female leaders. 
  • Women entrepreneurs begin with 12% of the funding of their male counterparts but have 12% higher revenues. 
  • Companies with 3 or more female board directors outperformed those with 0 by 84% return on sales, 60% return on invested capital, and 46% return on equity. 
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