The tech industry is one of the most common fields accused of having low female representation – and I’d have to agree, having worked in tech at Google myself.
But the American Association of University Women recently conducted a study titled “Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation“ (pdf) that evaluated the effects of gender on salary for approx. 15,000 recent graduates of similar age and degree. And what they found was that occupations such as nursing, engineering, and math / computer / physical sciences are actually the best paying jobs for women one year out of college, and also tend to be well paying throughout the rest of their careers.
Pretty crazy, huh? It’s pretty common knowledge those are some of the highest paying occupations in general, but they are also for women specifically.
What’s more, a United States Bureau of Labor Statistics weekly earnings report showed that women who work 30 to 39 hours per week make 111% of what men make. So these women working fewer hours are actually dominating, probably coz they’re so smart and efficient that they don’t need to work more than that.
So then why aren’t there more women in tech fields? Does it come down to a perception problem then? Because it’s certainly not the reality that women are paid less than men in tech. The two highest paying professions with wage equality are in technology: engineering and computer sciences.
So ladies, stop hesitating and harboring this silly notion that you won’t succeed in tech simply because it’s so male dominated. The only way to change that fact is to change it!
Let’s stop catering to these silly pre-existing notions about tech and engineering, and get our super smart & sexy asses in the game!
Tech needs Tough Cookies. And that means you!