Where Are All the Women Execs?

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How many U.S. companies have at least one female executive on staff? According to a new report from marketing-data company Infogroup Targeting Solutions, a mere 27 percent fit that description.

The one region bucking that trend is the San Francisco Bay Area, where Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Emeryville all boast higher percentages of women executives. “Silicon Valley is actually faring really well [in] comparison to the balance of the U.S.,” Andrea Haldeman, Infogroup’s senior vice president of sales, told Fortune magazine. The study looked at companies with at least 10 employees, in cities with at least 100 companies.

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Among the nation’s tech giants, women still make up a minority of employees. Earlier this year, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and other firms all released diversity reports that suggested men make up the substantial majority of their respective corporate ranks. At Yahoo, for example, women constituted 37 percent of the company’s global workforce; at Google, the number was 30 percent.

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And it’s not just the C-suite: Whereas women make up 47 percent of the total workforce, they’re only 20 percent of all software developers. Although many tech executives have blamed the education system for the lack of women entering highly technical industries, some analysts and pundits place the blame squarely on company cultures and lack of mentorship for women.

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4 Responses to “Where Are All the Women Execs?”

  1. It is much worse than these numbers show. Among REAL engineers women are almost non-existent in silicon valley and so are blacks. But they have no pressure from the government because they combine their marketing and HR and other non-tech teams into their mancounts and get slightly normal numbers. The last five teams I worked on all combined there was only one other woman and I was the only female executive.

    Its easy for them to keep you out, they just dont give you the interview opportunity no matter how qualified you are, or they just pick the lesser qualified guy in the interview pool. You basically have to be ten times as good and 100 times as hard working and still be able to put a smile on your face, and be thin and pretty to get anywhere. Or be a non threatening ditz like marissa meyer and you’ll go far.

  2. Companies if half sensible will always pick the best person for the job.
    In engineering jobs this will play against women as most engineers are at their most creative in the 25-35 year age group, and guess what a lot of women want in this age group. A gap here will effect later career progress. Sometimes with the best will in the world you can’t fight nature or in other words you can’t have everthing unless you are incredible talented and perhaps lucky!

    Although what is often lost in the argument is that of quality of life, being a high flying executive or having a great family? For me that is a no contest issue (family!).

    Perhaps the freezing of eggs offer by Facebook etc., and improved paternal rights might help, but to be honest the quality of life issue should be the real question.

    The important thing is equality of opportunity and not statistical equality!

  3. The problem is Brian many companies are not half sensible, especially if white men control the hiring process. Just the rediculous statement you made about women being the most creative between the ages of 25 and 35 is the most sexist and retarded statement I’ve ever heard. And if your a hiring manager I see why sexism and racism is running rampid in tech companies.