Here’s what you need to know about women in tech.
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The science and technology industries have seen unprecedented growth over the past few years.
But women are still far behind their male counterparts.
According to a 2016 study by the Institute for Women in Science and Engineering, the percentage of women in top tech jobs in the United States has actually declined from 27.3% in 1999 to 20.1% in 2016.
That decline is due to a number of factors, including more women entering STEM fields than ever before, a shift away from the traditional male-dominated professions, and an influx of new female entrepreneurs and investors.
The problem is that there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The Institute for Woman in Science & Engineering reports that women have made significant progress in STEM fields in every area, but there’s a lot more work to do.
“Women have done so much in the last 30 years, so we have to keep making the progress they’ve made,” said Amanda Johnson, executive director of the International Women’s Entrepreneurship Network, which advocates for women in the tech industry.
The new tech industry is changing.
The number of women-led startups and businesses in the U.S. has tripled over the last decade, from 12 in 2000 to more than 140 in 2017.
The gender gap in the technology industry is narrowing as companies like Twitter and Facebook have diversified their businesses and focused on women and minorities.
In the new economy, women are often left out of the boardrooms, and there’s no shortage of stories about how that has played out.
In June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched the social media company’s first-ever women-focused board, which included three women who had previously served as board members.
They were: Sheryl Sandberg, co-founder of Facebook; Joanna Hoffman, Facebook’s COO; and Lianne Hermle, Facebook co-founders and chief operating officer.
“We’re in this really unique space,” said Hoffman, who joined Facebook in 2016 after spending 17 years at Yahoo, which had a male-centric board.
“We’re going to continue to make the case to all of our members, especially at the leadership level, that women are leaders and we’re valued in the workplace.
I think it’s a really big deal.”
The tech industry’s continued diversification and growing diversity, as well as its increasing use of women, have also made it easier for women to be involved in tech-related business ventures.
But that diversity has also created some problems.
While a significant number of female engineers and entrepreneurs have applied to start companies in the past year, that number is still very small compared to that of the entire U.N. workforce, which has more than 7.2 million women working in STEM occupations.
That means a significant portion of women are not taking advantage of opportunities to gain a wider range of experience and expertise, experts said.
Women are also far less likely to be recruited into senior positions at companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google, and they are far more likely to leave tech-based companies.
Women in tech face many barriers.
They often do not have access to funding, training or other skills needed to succeed in the field.
And they often struggle to find qualified partners to work with, said Nicole Gannon, cofounder of the New Venture Institute, which helps companies develop female entrepreneurs.
The tech community is still figuring out what to do about the problem.
Facebook has been one of the largest supporters of women’s tech entrepreneurship, and the company is making strides to address the gender gap.
Its women-in-tech program, Women in Technology Fund, was launched in 2017 to support women who want to work in tech, and it’s expanded to include men and women.
But, experts say, there are still many barriers for women.
“You have a lot to do,” said Johnson.
“It’s still not a space for everybody, especially in the male-driven, male-led world.
It’s still an area of concern.
It is a big concern for me.”
A growing number of tech companies are starting to address those challenges.
Facebook and Twitter are offering mentorship programs, and other companies like Snapchat and Uber are creating women-specific tech teams.
But many women remain hesitant to enter the workforce, and some are leaving the industry.
In 2017, women in technology were still underrepresented in the workforce at over 25% in the top tech positions.
But the percentage has jumped to 33.7% in 2017, according to a study by Catalyst.
That increase comes as companies and government agencies are stepping up their efforts to diversify their workforces and attract women to their fields.
Companies such as Twitter, Twitter, and Pinterest are working to create more women-driven leadership, and Facebook is partnering with the Women in Tech Alliance to create a new program called Girls in Tech.
“What we want to do is really create a place for women,