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Women in IT @ Canada.
Discussion of the participation of women in the IT field in Canada. Part of a panel regarding the gender gap and the women participation in the Canadian workforce.

Women in IT @ Canada.
Discussion of the participation of women in the IT field in Canada. Part of a panel regarding the gender gap and the women participation in the Canadian workforce.

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Women in IT @ Canada

  1. 1. WOMEN AND IT@CANADA Marcela Guerra
  2. 2. WOMEN IN IT @ CANADA Impressive increase in the demand for IT workers in the last 10 years Significant reduction in the number of female employees working in technology positions Women participation is less than 28% (Ashcraft, McLain and Eger, 2016) (Orser, Riding, Dathan and Stanley, 2007) UN Stats (2015)
  3. 3. Lessthan28%(women) (Orser, Riding, Dathan and Stanley, 2007)
  4. 4. Lessthan3%(minorities) (Orser, Riding, Dathan and Stanley, 2007)
  5. 5. WOMEN IN IT LEADERSHIP 10% of board members 6% of executive officers 30% of CIOs don’t consider that women are underrepresented in tech (Ashcraft, McLain and Eger, 2016)(Ashcraft, McLain and Eger, 2016) (Ashcraft, McLain and Eger, 2016)
  6. 6. QUIT RATE (Ashcraft, McLain and Eger, 2016) 41% 17% WOMEN MEN QUIT RATE
  7. 7. FACTORS INFLUENCI NG LOW PARTICIPATI ON Unwelcoming environment: harassment, suggestive comments, expertise rejection; Lousy experience in the workforce; Lack of models, mentors, sponsors; Work-life balance challenge and family-work conflicts; Lack of access to creative and innovative technical roles; Glass ceiling; Micro-inequities and implicit bias; (Ashcraft, McLain and Eger, 2016)
  8. 8. WHY IS RELEVANT TO DISCUSS WOMEN IN IT? IT and coding is everywhere; Tests in 2016 showed that Siri, Google Now and Cortana knew how to respond to “I had a heart attack” but they had no answer to “I’ve been raped” or “I’ve been sexually assaulted”;
  9. 9. INITIATIVES & GROUPS
  10. 10. REFERENCES Ashcraft, C., McLain, B., & Eger, E. (2016). Women in tech: the facts. Retrieved from https://www.ncwit.org/sites/default/files/resources/womenintech_facts_full report_05132016.pdf Orser, B., Riding, A., Dathan, M. & Stanley, J. (2007). Gender challenges of women in the Canadian advanced technology sector. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. Retrieved from: http://www.cips.ca/?q=system/files/CATA-WIT.pdf Statistics Canada (2016, August 29). Insights on Canadian Society: The Canada–U.S. gap in women's labour market participation. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006- x/2016001/article/14651-eng.htm UN Stats (2015). The world’s women 2015: Trends and statistics. New York: UN. Retrieved form

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