The Reality of Black Women in Tech

Updated: Jun 15

Despite decades of progressive effort, there are still a lot of changes that need to be accomplished. As a minority IT business, we believe that we all have the responsibility to speak out. What has happened in recent events and has been happening to many other Black lives is unacceptable. We stand firmly in our values and refuse to participate in discriminatory behavior or remain silent while others choose to do so. We believe people come first! We promote wellness, equity, diversity, and inclusion by embracing our differences and giving back. That means taking care of our customers, our team members, and our community.


It is also important to speak out about the lack of women in the tech industry, which seems to be the largest industry problem, forthcoming. The tech sector is also behind the rest of the job market when it comes to hiring women. (1)


As Black women in Tech, we face a lot of challenges, from biases in business to lack of representation and limited funding. “Although laws and policies have attempted to create a favorable business environment for everyone, the actual changes have not yet been implemented."(2) Despite this, there are ways to push back against the lack of support and representation.


(https://adevait.com/state-of-women-in-tech)


TAKE ACTION NOW!


  • Invest in woman-owned businesses such as ezTagile. There are several reasons for adopting Agile, from accelerating software delivery to managing changing priorities.

(https://stateofagile.com/home#ufh-i-615706098-14th-annual-state-of-agile-report/7027494)


  • Researches have shown that Fortune 500 companies with at least 3 female Directors have seen a 66% return on invested capital, a 42% increase in sales, and a 53 % return on equity increase (3). By choosing where you spend your money, you can support women and improve returns.

(https://adevait.com/state-of-women-in-tech)


  • Harvard business review reported how diversity can drive innovation. Employees of firms with 2-D diversity are 45% likelier to report a growth in market share over the previous year and 70% likelier to report that the firm captured a new market.” (3)


  • If you don’t have the money to invest or the power to increase diversity in your workplace, you can always make a difference by spreading the word about minority business challenges and contributing with innovative ideas.

The under-representation of women in tech is a huge downside for the industry and it needs to be addressed NOW!


References:

1. https://www.statista.com/chart/4467/female-employees-at-tech-companies/

2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/margueritacheng/2018/10/31/8-major-challenges-women-face-in-business/#24ab8ecc646

3. https://adevait.com/state-of-women-in-tech

4. https://hbr.org/2013/12/how-diversity-can-drive-innovation

5. (https://stateofagile.com/home#ufh-i-615706098-14th-annual-state-of-agile-report/7027494)

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