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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Percentage of women appointed to tech boards stays stagnant for 20 years | IT careers and IT skills -

Clare McDonald, Business Editor, TechTarget - summarizes, The percentage of women on the boards of technology firms has not changed for the last 20 years, with the gap between men and women on boards growing.


The percentage of women recruited to tech company boards has remained relatively unchanged over the past 20 years, according to a report by Tech Nation.

From 2000 to 2018, the number of women appointed to the boards of tech companies, though going up and down slightly from year to year, has never reached more than 30%, with a high of 26.8% in January 2003.

In March 2000, the number of women appointed to technology boards was 24%, while January 2010 was 22.4% and January 2018 was 22.5%.

When looking at the cumulative number of men and women appointed to the boards of technology companies, the gap between men and women is growing – in January of 2010, the number of cumulative appointments of women to technology boards was 11,842 compared to 40,600.9 men, and the gap grows further in January of 2018, where the cumulative number of women appointed to the boards to tech companies only reached 75,097, compared to 252,915.9 men...

The Tech Nation report speculated that this could be because “company boards are far more visible than their workers’, making it more important for boards and directors to be gender diverse.

It is often said that a lack of role models can contribute to the lack of women choosing technology as a career, and while Tech Nation’s report said anecdotally having more females on a board is said to trickle down to other parts of an organisation, it also pointed out this does not seem to be the case.