by Jason Wingard, PhD
Originally published: March 8, 2017
Consider this statistic: 56% of women in the technology sector vacate their jobs at the pinnacles of their careers—twice the comparable quit rate for men. And, according to the source survey from the National Center for Women and Information Technology, the majority of these respondents cited “workplace culture” as the primary reason for premature attrition.
My conversations with global CEOs and boards, from Fortune 500 companies to global NGOs, have reinforced the imminent need to address barriers to access and advancement for women in the workplace. Simply ignoring the symptoms results in a continuance of the imbalanced trends—progress will only be realized through concerted action. International Women’s Day presents an opportunity to conceive of innovative solutions, and to think expansively about what organizations, large and small, can do to facilitate and support the career growth trajectory of professional women.
Educational institutions and corporations, alike, have been making moderate strides in this area to create sustainable change. However, recurring organizational episodes and cross-industry crises clearly indicate that there is much more that can, and should, be done. For example, this chronic issue has recently resurfaced in the headlines and generated a viral national discussion—ignited, mostly, by engineer Susan Fowler’s disturbing account of her year-long mistreatment by management at Uber.