If you ask pop superstar Beyoncé Knowles, of course, she’ll insist that it’s girls.
Unfortunately there is still the stereotype that if you work in the computing industry you’re probably a man. The fact is the majority of senior positions in the tech sector across the UK and Europe are held by men – as reflected in our PCR Brit List of the 50 most influential people in tech earlier this year.
“It’s sad to see only two women in this list,” commented one of our readers after we uploaded the feature online.
With plenty of inspirational women working in senior positions across the channel, we decided to do something to recognise the female achievements in the tech industry, asking for your nominations (which we received in droves) to help us highlight the top 50. Check out the top 50 women in tech list here.
“Just seven per cent of all executive directors in the top 100 UK companies are women, but the signs suggest there will be a healthier balance in the future.”
Our list features women working across the UK tech channel – from category managers to PR and marketing bosses, chief execs, start-ups and many other senior figures working in distribution, manufacturing, retail and more. We read hundreds of lines of text about why each person should be included – and we are sure the list covers some of the most inspiring and hardworking women in tech who are excellent at what they do.
It’s a shame then that just seven per cent of all executive directors in the top 100 UK companies are women, but the signs suggest there will be a healthier balance in the future. Women now account for one fifth of all board positions in the FTSE100 – up from 12.5 per cent in 2011 and 17.3 per cent in 2013. Plus, there are more women working in the UK than ever before (12.5 million have jobs – almost one million more than a decade ago).
There is still work to be done, as outlined by the opinion pieces on page 16 and 74 in our June 2014 issue, but it is clear that we are on our way to better equality in the tech industry.