Women in IT: No longer a nice-to-have

As pressure to diversify rachets up, companies are reaching out to lure women into IT. Here’s how to go about it

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If you’re in IT -- and reading this article about women in IT – the odds are that you’re male. After all, just 24% of the U.S. IT workforce is female, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, quite a fall from its high point of 36% in 1991, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. This is at a time when women make up more than half (57%) of the professional U.S. workforce.

But odds are that you’ll keep reading, as male IT executives increasingly seem to care about encouraging women to join the profession. In a recent study by Harvey Nash, nearly three-quarters (71%) of CIOs globally said they recognized the gender imbalance in their organizations.

The trend is also seen outside of IT, at the highest ranks of corporate professionals: A report by Institutional Shareholder Services from this fall found that the percentage of women nominated for boards at large U.S. companies has doubled since 2008, to 30% this year.

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