We hear a lot about how few women work in tech. The numbers range from 3 percent in open source to 25 percent industry-wide. But frankly, those aren’t the numbers that scare me most. The numbers that scares the hell out me are the ones that underscore how many women are choosing to leave tech.
The latest NCWIT data shows that women leave tech at twice the rate of men, and that number has been increasing since 1991. A Harvard Business Review study found that as many as 50 percent of women working in science, engineering and technology will, over time, leave because of hostile work environments.
As a young, very talented female programmer recently told me: “I don’t want to leave tech but after a year into my first job, I’m considering it.”
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