Trends of Women in Tech
While women make up roughly half of the total US workforce, the number of women in the tech industry and in technology roles is significantly less than that. Interestingly, if you travel back in time to the ’80s, you’ll see a significant drop in the number of women in computing related fields. Turns out all those computer games and pop culture geek movies had a significant impact on young girls wanting to learn about computers and technology.
Fortunately, over time we’ve started to see a renewed uptick in the numbers of women pursuing college degrees in computer science and taking on roles across the board within tech companies. Of course, there is still a ton of room for improvement, but it’s encouraging to see positive trends.
Women in Tech at Samanage
At Samanage, we declared last year the year of women in tech. While tech roles and the tech industry in general are still male-dominated, we’re excited to reflect on the continued growth and diversity of the Samanage team going into 2019. Nearly 1/3 of our engineering/software development team is made up of amazingly talented women with even more women in roles spanning implementation, solutions consulting, sales, finance, and marketing.
To quote Karen Clark, VP, People (US) at Samanage, “We have created a culture that brings together the best people in the industry and allows us to do our best work.”
In honor of International Women’s Day 2019, we want to shine a spotlight on some of the women here at Samanage, so we asked them a few questions about being a woman in technology.
What experiences led you to technology as a career?
“When I joined the army, I learned computer programming and I found it very interesting, challenging, and rewarding.” –Tal Shavit, Full Stack Developer
What advice do you have for someone, particularly other women, looking to grow their career in technology?
“When you’re facing a challenge, and you will face challenges, don’t give up. When you overcome the challenge, it’s really rewarding.” –Moria Tuchband, Team Full Stack Developer
What do you believe young women need when considering technology as a career option?
“You have to be a self-starter with the landscape in technology changing so often. You have to have a desire to learn new things.” –Sarah Nielsen, Manager, Implementation
What’s been your biggest success in technology?
“My greatest success was moving out of an account management sphere and finding that there’s a way to still have that interaction with people from an engineering and consultative perspective.” –Liz Beckner, Senior Solutions Engineer
Whether it’s in a technical role, managing customer relationships, financing, or marketing, we want to celebrate all the woman on the Samanage team and throughout the tech industry.
About Anne Badalamenti
As the Manager, Marketing ITSM at SolarWinds, Anne Badalamenti helps showcase the value of a unified service management strategy and the benefits it can provide to your service providers, employees, and bottom-line alike. She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
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