Top 5 Cities Where Women Work in IT:
- Washington, DC Metro area – women account for 32.3% of the IT workforce.
- Detroit – women account for 31.5% of the IT workforce.
- Baltimore – women account for 28.6% of the IT workforce.
- Philadelphia – women account for 28.2% of the IT workforce.
- Atlanta – women account for 28.2% of the IT workforce.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey
- 2% of open source developers are women.
Source: 2005 O’Reilly Open Source Convention
- Women account for 28% of the workforce in proprietary software.
Source: FLOSSPOLS, 2004-2006
- Women who earn B.S. degrees in Computer Science: 28%
- Women who go on to get PhD: 16.5%
- Women who held professional positions in the IT industry in 2006: 26%
Source: Anita Borg Institute, 2007
Teen Girls Have Access To Computers Later Then Teen Boys:
- Age of first computer use: Female: 14.5 Male: 12
- Age of first computer possession: Female: 19 Male: 15
Source: FLOSSPOLS, 2004-2006
Articles and Studies:
Own Your Career: Six Ways to Take Charge of Your Career Trajectory: By Anita Borg Institute
Cracking the Boys Club: 10 Pioneers in Tech and Web 2.0: By Allyson Kapin
Women in IT: The Facts: By NCWIT
Latina Entrepreneurs: Growing And Powerful: By Women2.0
Can Angels Help Women Shatter Glass Ceilings?: By Geri Stengel
Compilation of Women in Tech Articles: Compiled on delicious
Women in Technology: Hear Us Roar Series: By Tatiana Apandi
Women Who Risk: Making Women in Technology Visible: By Tara Hunt
The State of Women and Technology Fields Around the World: By the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
The Business Case for Gender Diversity in Technology: By the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Organizations and Blogs:
BlogHer: In 2005 Elisa Camahort, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone responded to the often repeated question: “where all the women bloghers?” Blogher was their answer, the largest online community of women bloghers to date.
Anita Borg Institute: This inspiring organization works to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women.
Geek Girl Blogs: A great blogging community for women working in IT.
Girls in Tech: Girls in Tech is a social network enterprise focused on the engagement,
education and empowerment of like-minded, professional, intelligent
and influential women in technology.
Idealware: A non-profit organization that provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits. Founded by Laura Quinn.
Linuxchix: Great network of women working in Linux.
MobileActive.org: MobileActive is a global network of people (and their tools, projects, and resources) focused on the use of mobile phones in civil society spearheaded by Women Who Tech advisory committee member Katrin Verclas.
NCWIT: The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic
institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase
women’s participation in information technology (IT).
National Women of Color Technology Conference – The conference recognizes the significant
accomplishments of minority women in the digital world, and attracts and
leverages talent in innovative, professional, and technical positions.
NTEN: A member driven organization that aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations skillfully and confidently use technology to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. It’s lead by Women Who Tech advisory committee member Holly Ross.
ROSE Blog: Rikki’s Open Source Exchange: A blog that highlights women in open source.
Women2.0: A SF bay area organization that aims to increase the number of young women entrepreneurs by encouraging women to work with and in the field of technology.
WebChick.net: Angela Byron’s blog about working in open source.
Systers: One of the world’s largest email communities of technical women in computing.