Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. You express disappointment that 56% of technical women leave their careers. Before we get to the question of whether it is disappointing, we should ask whether it is true. I’m not really sure what it means to say that someone has left their career. But I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include “becom[ing] self-employed in a technical field,” “tak[ing] a government or non-profit technical job,” or “go[ing] to a startup company.
” At a minimum those categories seem more like further developments in a career as opposed to departure from the career. And they add up to approximately half of the 56%. From the perspective of having a diversity of women in upper-level, decision-making ranks of technical companies, yes, it’s disappointing. The odds are nearly three times greater for a man to reach the executive level in an IT company than it is for a woman. It seems like you are changing your argument midstream. If you are interested in paths into management, then 56% is still an inflated number, because it includes women who “take a non-technical job at a different company” or “take a non-technical job within the same company.
” In fact, all of the women who are moving into management lie within the 56% (but so do other women who are not). I’m not denying that the male/female comparison you are now linking to is disappointing — but that’s different from the number you originally quoted being disappointing.