Spurt in women staff in IT firms

Spurt in women staff in IT firms

The employee profile of technology sector in India has undergone a paradigm shift over the years, with a spurt in the number of women employed in the sector over the years, according to the global head of Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

Delivering her keynote address on Thursday here, Global President Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Telly Whitney said, “In the 1980s, Indian women comprised only 3 to 5 per cent of engineering graduates who worked in the technology sector.”
“Today, that number has shot up to 20 to 30 per cent,” Whitney said on the penultimate day of the fourth edition of Grace Hopper Conference.

However, when it comes to leadership roles, women have a long way to go, according to the CEO of Capgemini India, Arun Jayanthi. “Only 6-8 per cent of women are in leadership roles, whereas women comprise predominantly at the low end of the spectrum.”

Later, during a panel discussion on leadership, Cisco Director Software Development Pallavi Arora said that part of the problem is “aspirational deficit” among women, unlike men.

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