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t's a knotty problem that continues to
evade solutions: How can we increase
the number of women in technology
leadership positions? It's a problem not
only because of fairness issues but also
because of the distinctive business value
that women technology leaders can bring
to an organization. Study after study shows
that companies with a proactively diverse
workforce typically outperform their peers.
And an organization with more women in
senior leadership roles certainly realize the
value of diverse perspectives and insights.

Part of the solution involves going back
to the beginning, attracting more girls to
the so-called STEM subjects - science,
technology, engineering, and math - early
in their education and then holding their
interest in those subjects through middle
and high school. Another response to
the problem are programs that some
companies have launched to retain and
support women technology leaders in
their organizations. (One such program, at
Thomson Reuters, is described beginning
on page 102.)

Just how big is the problem? According to a
2018 survey by AnitaB.org, an organization
that supports women in technology fields,
women account for 24% of the total
technology workforce in the U.S. - in itself
nothing to boast about - but only 18% of
executive-level positions.

But perhaps the most powerful means of
attracting young women to the profession
and inspiring them as they move up through
the technology ranks are the role models of
successful female technology executives.

Furthermore, don't count on things
improving as the pipeline of women entering
technology fields grows. According to a
number of studies, the percentage of women
in the U.S. computing workforce will in fact
shrink by 2025, if current trends continue.
(For other figures on women in technology,
see "By the Numbers" on page 50.)
The outlook for women in technology hasn't
always been so bleak. Women played an
early and important role in computing.
(See the pullout poster "An Early History of
Women in IT," included with this issue). And
as recently as 1985, some 37% of U.S. college
graduates in computer science were women.
But in recent years, the number has fallen to
less than 18%.
What can be done to improve this situation?

In this issue, we offer the stories of 18 such
technology leaders, women from a variety of
industries and from different backgrounds.
Some of the executives have specific career
advice for the women coming up behind
them, from college graduates entering
the profession to mid-career executives.
Other contributors to this special issue
recount stories of their own career journeys,
including insights they have garnered from
their experiences. And some of them focus
not on their careers but on the ways in which
they have met particular technology or
organizational challenges.
But all of these stories are examples of
women succeeding in technology leadership
roles - examples that will hopefully elicit a
determined response among women reading
these articles:
Yes, I can do that!

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