The Gender Gap in IT: Girls and Technology

By Gina Roos

As part of a new campaign to encourage more girls to pursue IT careers, CompTIA released an ebook and website, "Make Tech Her Story," to help inspire girls to consider technology as a career choice. The ebook identifies key factors that discourage girls from entering the tech industry. These include a lack of information about job opportunities in the tech sector and insufficient support from parents, teachers and active IT professionals who can serve as role models and mentors. Why intervention is needed: Only 25 percent of 5.1 million people who worked in core technology jobs in the United States were held by women in 2015, according to CompTIA. The survey of girls between the ages of 10 and 17 identifies several factors that discourage girls from considering tech careers. CompTIA released these results at a time when gender and age diversity, along with concern about attracting and training next-generation tech professionals, are key issues for the channel and throughout the IT world. Here are key takeaways from the research.

This article was originally published on 2016-09-28
Gina Roos is a business and technology writer who has contributed print and Web articles to leading electronic industry publications. She was Editor-in-Chief at Electronics Sourcing North America, and served as Site Editor for UBM's Green SupplyLine and Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Websites. She also authored the "In the Channel" column, covering the electronics distribution industry for EETimes ProductWeek. Gina was the founder and editor of Electronics Advocate, an online magazine covering design and supply chain issues in the electronics industry. The publication was sold to MMG Publishing UK in 2010. Gina has a degree in journalism.