Fortune 500 List Boasts More Female CEOs Than Ever Before

Fortune 500 List Boasts More Female CEOs Than Ever Before

As it is, women remain acutely underrepresented in the coding and engineering professions. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics study, in 2011 just 20% of all programmers were women. A smaller percentage of women are earning undergraduate computer science degrees today than they did in 1985, according to the National Center for Women in Technology, and between 2000 and 2011 the percentage of women in the computing workforce dropped 8%, while men’s share increased by 16%. Only 6% of VC-backed tech startups in 2010 were headed by women.

In the New York Times, Sheryl Sandberg Is Lucky, Men Are Good

In the New York Times, Sheryl Sandberg Is Lucky, Men Are Good

As a woman who writes about technology, I find booth babes insulting, embarrassing and anachronistic… They imply that only men are interested in technology and that women are just the accessories that dangle redundantly from your mobile phone.

Of the 10 fastest-growing jobs projected by the U.S. Department of Labor, 9 require math or science training. Engineering and computer-related fields are expected to see the most growth. Three of the top 10 best-paying jobs for women are in tech.

The tech industry actually has the smallest income gap between men and women, according to a U.S. Census data analysis by Claudia Goldin, Harvard economics professor and Sheryl Sandberg’s thesis adviser. This is largely because there is less of a “motherhood penalty.”

“Because it’s a relatively new sector, it’s better at accommodating the different schedules women, and some men, want.”