If you have been reading the news lately, women in tech are a hot topic. Sheryl Sandburg recently appeared on the 2014 FORBES Billionaires list as a self-made billionaire at $1.05 Billion. For the first time in history, the highest percentage of women billionaires appeared on the list (172 out of 1,645). This report comes on the heels of Berkeley reporting that, for the first time ever, women outnumbered men in the school’s introduction to computer science courses. This is an amazing statistic, considering the Computing Research Association estimates the percentage of female computer science majors at 12.9% in 2012, a decrease of 17.1% since 1991. A Harvard Business Review research article titled, “The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, and Technology” estimates that 52 percent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) women leave the field and never return. If these statistics are to be believed, is there any hope for women interested in pursuing computer science as a career? The answer is yes, and our future starts today!

The Wage Gap

President Obama addressed the aggregate wage divide in his 2014 State of the Union Address:

“Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job.”

These are bold words, appreciated by many women across our country. However, our President was not addressing women in technology – where there is currently no wage gap between women and men. According to the American Association of University Women, occupations such as engineering, math and computer science are the best paying jobs for women one year out of college and continue to be well paying throughout a woman’s career. Women have been taking note, increasing their ranks at Berkeley and other well-known college campuses such as Stanford, where 20% of students graduating with computer science degrees are women. Women’s success is not limited to a bachelor degree in computer science. In 2012, Dr. Kyla McMullen became the first African American woman to graduate with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. How far have we come? It is estimated that in the late 1960s and early 1970s there were 50 women for every 1,000 students in an MIT computer science class – a mere 5%. The Harvard Gazette recently wrote an article about the gender gap in computer science titled, “Closing the gender gap in computer science.” In the article, Harvard estimates that 37% of the seats in their CS 50 course are held by women, with an ultimate goal of 50% of the seats being held by women. In short, the future for women in technology is very bright.

Resources for Women in Technology

If you are considering a career in technology, or working as an experienced professional, we have the resources to help you in your career. Futurewave Systems is a minority owned staffing and professional services provider headquartered in Atlanta, GA. We are a global network of proven industry professionals, demonstrating the fastest fulfillment rate of high tech professionals for Fortune 500 Companies.

All of our employees are highly specialized and respected industry experts with years of vertical industry experience. We will only recommend consultants for placement who demonstrate a deep working knowledge and synergistic understanding in their field of expertise. We will never try to fit a round peg into a square hole. When you join Futurewave Systems, you do more than simply switch companies to advance your career – you become part of the Futurewave family. Apply now, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or message @FWSJobs on Twitter.

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Anita Borg Institute: http://anitaborg.org/

WITI: http://www.witi.com/

Black Girls Code: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/

National Women of Color Technology Conference: https://www.facebook.com/WOCITC

Girls Who Code: http://girlswhocode.com/

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