Women in Tech: Needed and Valued

Provided by Southern New Hampshire University

The terms “women” and “technology” are being paired more and more frequently these days. Exploring the facts reveals solid, concrete reasoning for bringing more women into the field of tech.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) shares its fact sheet, which uses U.S. Bureau for Labor and Statistics’ (BLS) numbers:

• In 2014, 57 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients were female.
• In 2014, only 17 percent of computer and information science bachelor’s degrees recipients were female.
• The BLS predicts an estimated 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. by 2024.
• The BLS predicts an estimated 41 percent of individuals will receive bachelor’s degrees related to those jobs in 2024.

Two-thirds of the jobs in 2024 may not have qualified applicants due to a lack of college graduates with technical degrees. We have the opportunity to help bridge this gap by increasing the number of women who not only study computing in some fashion but also go on to work in the field.

Not only do we simply need more qualified bodies to fill open jobs in the tech space. Research also shows that diversity leads to innovation and financial success. There are a variety of research studies on the impact of diversity on teams and how it relates to innovation. Ultimately, the conclusions report a correlation between diversity and innovation as well as financial success.

Southern New Hampshire University is an Academic Alliance Member of NCWIT, one of more than 450 other colleges and universities working together to implement institutional change in higher education and serve as national change agents. We’ve started a student group so our female tech students can engage, stay connected and discuss challenges and successes they’ve experienced, in a safe and supportive environment. We offer high-quality and affordable technology programs and continue to increase their accessibility.