2019 Report: The State of Diversity in Tech by Skillcrush
As we kick off 2020, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the state of diversity in tech: where we are now, and how we can improve in the future. Our friends at Skillcrush wanted to dive deeper to better understand the current state of diversity in tech, so they designed a survey that would do just that.
You've probably seen the stats. Stats like:
- Women in STEM, on average, make $16,000 less than men
- Only 39% of entry-level jobs in tech are held by women
- Only 12% of all tech and computer science positions are held by black or Latinx women
So obviously there are problems with diversity and inclusion in the tech world. BIG problems. It doesn't matter if we're focusing on: race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, parenting or caregiving status
The tech field simply isn't doing enough to be inclusive.
Skillcrush surveyed over 600 women and nonbinary individuals about what they think about diversity and inclusion in the tech world. What are their career goals? What does diversity and inclusion mean to them? What barriers have they experienced in the tech world and how can we help?
Their answers were surprising. They were upsetting. And, at times, they were incredibly frustrating to read.
- "I think it is even harder for [women of color] to feel accepted and welcomed in the tech culture,"
- "I definitely felt like I was looked at as not as smart as male coworkers,"
And the nearly 70% of respondents that believe the tech world has a motherhood penalty.
But there was also optimism sprinkled in their responses that can motivate underrepresented groups and allies to keep fighting to create a better experience for anyone who's ever felt marginalized in the tech world.
Whether good, bad, or somewhere in between, we hope these insights will help further the conversation and encourage action around diversity and inclusion within the tech industry.
Preparing for the Unexpected: How Maria Fava Found Her Confidence as a Bicultural, Bilingual Woman at T. Rowe Price
Born in Mexico City and raised in Guadalajara, Maria Fava never would have predicted that she'd have a career in financial services. And certainly not in Maryland.
Over two decades ago, when Maria moved to the U.S. to study psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington, she'd planned on moving back to Mexico to study law after graduation. Instead, she fell in love with an unassuming Italian-American her senior year. She married him and moved to Maryland, his home state.
I thought about writing this blog piece like one of those quizzes that used to be on the back pages of Seventeen and Cosmo where each question would offer several answers of varying point levels and you'd pick one answer per question, tally up your points at the end, and match your score to one of several possible results.
A five-step framework for addressing systematic racism at work
The world has changed in the past few weeks.
We're watching corporations and organizations across the world come out in support of Black lives in droves. Many of those organizations are doing so for the first time in their history.
Meet Michelle Baker, a technical recruiter at Surescripts. She shared her top tips for applying to Surescripts.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the company's interview process, culture, and values, and learn how you can best prepare for interviews!
To learn more about Surescripts and their open roles, click here.
Jasmine Harvey is pursuing her MBA while working full-time as a buyer for Viasat, a global communications and satellite internet company. Balancing home, work, and school while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average has been quite a challenge. Jasmine had a perfect 4.0 until she took one of the hardest classes in her program, Managerial Economics and Global, during this COVID pandemic. She finished a full 15 percentage points above the class average, but was still 0.6 points away from an "A".