Randi Zuckerberg On The Gender Divide In Tech

By Dave Flessner
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Even though women comprise 56 percent of all professional workers, women still make up only about a fourth of all IT jobs, and female entrepreneurs still get only about 5 to 8 percent of all venture funding. Randi Zuckerburg shares her thoughts on what needs to be done to improve those figures.

Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

This city is doing a pivot and it’s one of the most entrepreneurial things I’ve seen in America.” Randi Zuckerberg, a best-selling author, CEO of Zuckerberg Media and former marketing head of Facebook

When Randi Zuckerberg began working in the male-dominated Silicon Valley nearly 15 years ago, she said she was sure that within the next decade that the share of women in technology, computer science and business startups would grow.

But instead, the gender gap has not improved, and by some measures has gotten worse. Even though women comprise 56 percent of all professional workers, women still make up only about a fourth of all IT jobs, and female entrepreneurs still get only about 5 to 8 percent of all venture funding.

“We’re not tackling the problem soon enough and at an early enough age,” Zuckerberg said during a visit to Chattanooga Thursday as the keynote speaker for the Impact leadership dinner by the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. “Even if we don’t say a word to girls about what we expect of them, they see what is around them.”

To entice more girls and women into science, technology, engineering and math careers, girls need to see role models and be encouraged to develop their problem-solving skills at an earlier age. Parents often don’t give girls video games or tech gadgets as early as they do boys and pop culture overwhelmingly highlights boys or men in technical, engineering and science roles, Zuckerberg said.

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