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Why we really do need more women in tech

“We need more women in tech.”
“There is a shortage of women in the technology workforce.”
“Women make up only 26% of the computing workforce.”

We’ve heard these refrains before. We’ve come to expect it as the norm. We don’t see a way to change it. In fact, a cynic might argue that there is no intrinsic benefit to hiring women due to their gender. (Them’s fighting words!) Here is why the cynic is mistaken:

  • We need more people in tech. India, and the world in general, is facing a shortage of highly qualified engineers. In this light, it seems foolish to not tap into 50% of the potential workforce

  • Impacts the bottom line. According to recent research, women make up to 85% of purchasing decisions. Also, there are some products that women only buy. This leads to a lack of innovation in these sub-industries if women are not represented adequately

  • Less discrimination. Due to a lack of women in the tech force, women face sexism and discrimination. The brogrammer attitude is EVERYWHERE. If it is not considered unusual for women to pursue a tech career, this attitude will be softened

  • More women in tech now = more women in tech later. Having more women in tech now will mean more female leaders. More female leaders = more girls thinking, “I want to be the next Sheryl Sandberg”

  • Diversity of thought. Men and women do think differently. (Whether this is due to nature or nurture is a debate I won’t go into!) Studies have shown that diversity of thought does lead to innovation

 

We are sure you agree that these are compelling reasons for why we need more women in technology. To encourage diversity and to introduce more women to technology, we are holding a series of initiatives centered around women in technology. Our upcoming hackathon for Morgan Stanley, which is for female developers only, is one such initiative. Register now and show the boys what you’ve got!

 

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