A thought-provoking report published recently by Catalyst (titled “High Potentials in Tech-Intensive Industries: The Gender Divide in Business Roles” and summarized in an article on the Catalyst Web site) reveals an evident shortage of women in the technology industry.
The report—which was based on survey responses from 5,916 male and female MBA graduates working in various professional fields—indicated that only 18% of the female respondents reported having taken a business role in technology after obtaining their MBA (compared with 24% of the men). Of that 18%, over one-half later opted to leave technology for positions in other professional fields. The reason? Most women who took the survey (73%) cited feeling like an outsider in the male-dominated science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workplaces.
Catalyst is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the expansion of opportunities for women in business. According to Catalyst President and CEO Deborah Gillis, “STEM companies face a serious talent drain as women take their skills elsewhere, but these organizations also have a remarkable opportunity to turn things around by focusing on how they can make all their talent—men and women alike—feel equally valued.”