Technology careers are lucrative and computing skills are in demand.
By 2024, 1.1 million computing-related job openings are expected. At the current rate, only 45% of these jobs could be filled by U.S. computing bachelor’s degree recipients.
Diversity in computing is lacking.
Women, especially women of color, are essentially "absent" from technology innovation.
In 2016, 26% of the computing workforce were women, and less than 10% were women of color. (5% were Asian, 3% were African-American, and 2% were Hispanic.)
Change leadership is critical.
Ineffective strategic leadership allows underrepresentation in computing to persist.
Isolated efforts are not enough for sustained change. Organizations must take a comprehensive, systemic approach in order to increase gender diversity.
Change is happening.
The NCWIT change-leader network represents the largest, rapidly growing community in support of improving diversity and inclusion in computing. NCWIT program outcomes show members making collective progress, moving the national needle in quantifiable ways.