Breaking the bias: Promoting women representation in the tech industry

Published on:
March 8, 2022
last updated:
March 8, 2022
Monica Ciovica
Breaking the bias: Promoting women representation in the tech industry
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Picture this: computer scientists, software engineers, hackers, IT tech lead. Who do you see? 

Unconsciously, our mind goes to an image of a man. Pop culture, especially in the 80s and 90s, painted a picture of a stereotypical character working in tech, predominantly white men with glasses, more of an introvert, and a Star Wars or Star Trek fan. Even today, this image comes to mind without us realizing it.

"You can't be what you can't see." Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund

Things have changed since then. And for the better! More and more programs aim to break the gender bias in tech, encouraging women to pursue a career in the industry, apply for tech jobs, and share their knowledge.

However, the journey of gender equality in tech is a long one. Deloitte Global predicts that by 2022, the percentage of women working in tech roles at large technology companies will reach 25%, going up by almost 3% from 2019. Although it's a slight increase, the progress is notable. 

With Gen Z entering the workforce, more young women could potentially pursue a career in tech. Could that move the needle in the right direction? A study by PwC showed that, out of 2,000 university participants, 78% could not name one famous woman working in tech. Two-thirds could, however, name a prominent man in the tech industry. This study points to the importance of representation and having more women role models. 

As people working in tech, we have the opportunity to challenge these outdated tech worker stereotypes. That's an essential step towards encouraging more women to pursue tech careers - such as programming! To be part of the change, we want to bring into the spotlight some of the talented and dedicated women working in tech roles at Recruitee. They are role models for us, and once you read their stories, they will become yours as well. ‘Women in tech’ is a collection of interviews that prove it’s possible to break through the tech bias.

Meet Agata Tamiola

Read her story here.

Meet Martyna Wilkońska

Read her story here.

At Recruitee, we believe in creating the space for everyone to be themselves, be heard, and be impactful. We strive to ensure that inclusion and equality are at the core of our culture and that our business represents the people we serve.

Monica is the Communications Manager at Recruitee. Her focus is to bring the recruiters community together to help each other overcome industry challenges and share insights on how to find the best talent out there.

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