Getting better? More women in tech but not at the top

  • Thursday 07, November 2019 11:44 AM
  • Getting better? More women in tech but not at the top
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Technology firms are hiring more women and narrowing the gender gap, a poll by Europe's largest technology conference found on Wednesday, but female leaders said the multi-trillion dollar industry was still failing to put them in its boardrooms.
A poll of 600 women in tech by the Web Summit showed nearly half, or 42%, believed gender ratios had improved in the last year. One in three were "unsure" if representation was better.

The findings from the conference suggest the sector is starting to respond to allegations last year of bias against women at tech firms such as Facebook and walkouts by Google employees in response to claims of inequality and sexual misconduct.

"It's great to hear that women in tech feel that they are becoming better represented," said Winnie Lee, chief operating officer of Taiwanese artificial intelligence (AI) startup Appier.

Lee said both men and women needed to be involved in AI to make sure the technology is "applied in the most creative ways to benefit society".

About 70,000 people from 163 nations attended the conference, whose organisers said the number of women attendees had risen to about 46% from 25% in 2013, boosted by ticket discounts.
Other women tech leaders, though, were less sanguine.