The numbers continue to be depressing. According to Reuters, the number of women in senior technology positions at U.S. companies is down for the second year in a row. The Harvey Nash Group reports that only nine percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) are female, down from 11 percent last year and 12 percent in 2010.
And if all that wasn’t bad enough, a nationwide survey released by Dice, a job search website for technology professionals, found that men out-earn women in the tech industry sectors. An online poll of 15,000 employers revealed that male tech workers made $95,900 compared with $87,500 for women in these industry jobs. However, the compensation gender gap has narrowed, with average salaries equal for male and female tech pros with comparable levels of experience and education and parallel job titles.
These statistics are part of the reason I focus my mentoring services on women in technology. No matter what the challenge, chances are that I have been there and done that during my twenty-five years in technology, and I welcome the opportunity to help others achieve their full potential and create the life they desire.