February 27, 2015
It’s a widely-known fact that women are grossly underrepresented in the technology workforce. While women make up a majority of the occupations in America’s overall workforce (averaging 57 percent, including the fields of business, law, and medicine), only 25 percent of all computing positions in the U.S. are held by women. That is a stark contrast, yet one that fails to surprise most people nowadays considering the preconceived and largely valid notions surround the technology industry: that it’s a white, boy’s club. I mean, even at a progressive company like Google, only 17 percent of all tech positions at the company are held by women. This data, however, doesn’t say that women aren’t entering the tech field; simply, the data suggests that women aren’t getting hired to fill these technical jobs. SmartAsset recently looked at data on women in tech and determined the top cities for women in tech – cities where women have succeeded in fulfilling these positions in the tech field.
In its analysis, SmartAsset considered four factors: 1) the percentage of women in a city’s tech workforce; 2) the gender pay gap (how much women earned compared to men doing the same roles); 3) average income after the annual cost of housing; and 4) the three-year employment growth for women in tech in that particular city. In the end, Washington, D.C.; Kansas City, MO; and Fremon, CA ranked as the top three cities for women in tech. While the rankings suggest that these cities provide overall better situations for women trying to pursue tech careers, only two of the cities on the list paid the same or higher salary for women: Arlington, TX and Kansas City. Further, SmartAsset discovered that the gender gap between men and women in tech has actually increased – with men making up at least 60 percent of the tech workforce in almost every city they looked at. Nevertheless, check out the top cities for women in tech that are all working towards closing this gap:
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