BC Business Magazine - - Con­tents - By Melissa Ed­wards

For many women, work­ing in the tech sec­tor still doesn't compute


That's the mid-ca­reer quit rate for women in the lu­cra­tive computer tech­nol­ogy sec­tor—the high­est across the sci­ences and more than dou­ble the rate for men. As March brings the 118th In­ter­na­tional Women's Day, fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion has risen in all Cana­dian STEM ca­reers ex­cept computer science, which has seen a 17 per cent de­cline since 1991. “The tech sec­tor is where young women are fight­ing the good fight in terms of lead­er­ship, and we're not see­ing any­thing close to par­ity,” says Sa­man­tha Jo Sim­monds of B.C. women's lead­er­ship ad­vo­cacy group the Min­erva Foun­da­tion, which is launch­ing a study this year to learn more about women in the prov­ince's tech sec­tor. “It's wear­ing for women to be the only fe­male voice on the floor, and I think that's part of why they're leav­ing.”


How much more likely Cana­dian men with high Pro­gramme for In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent As­sess­ment (PISA) math scores are to choose a science or tech­nol­ogy ca­reer than women with equally high scores


Pay pre­mium in the tech sec­tor ver­sus the av­er­age Cana­dian wage


Num­ber of Van­cou­ver women who have par­tic­i­pated in a Ladies Learn­ing Code tech­skills work­shop since the chap­ter was founded in 2012

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