10 Things I’d Like to See in 2023 for Women in Tech
As we stand on the precipice of a new year and all its possibilities, it’s essential to take stock of where women in technology have come. In recent years, immense strides have been made in creating more equitable career opportunities for women – from coding boot camps to dedicated female networks, the landscape has drastically transformed. As we look beyond 2022, I’d like to envision what further progress can be made for greater representation and power for women working intechnology. Let’s take a brief moment to consider 10 things that could help make this vision of improved opportunities for Women in Technology a reality in 2023!
1). More women in leadership positions
One of the things I hope to see for women in technology in 2023 is more women in leadership positions. Currently, only about 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and less than 10% of venture-funded startups are led by women. Women have a lot to offer in terms of leadership and creativity, and the tech industry would benefit greatly from having more women in leadership roles.
2). More Women of Color in Tech
Another thing I’d like to see for women in tech in 2023 is more women of color. Currently, only about 1% of venture-funded startups are led by women of color. This lack of diversity not only limits the perspectives and experiences represented in the tech industry, but it also limits the potential for innovation.
3). More women in STEM fields
Women are currently underrepresented in STEM fields within the tech industry such as computer science and engineering. This is really unfortunate, because women have a lot to offer with their “attention to detail” skills and critical thinking. In 2023, I hope to see more girls pursuing careers in these fields, because they’ll help to close the ever-widening gender gap in tech.
4). More Inclusive Workplaces
Currently, many technology companies have cultures that are not conducive to working mothers or women with families. Flexible working arrangements are becoming increasingly popular, and in 2023, all tech companies should consider adopting one. It would allow more women to enter and stay in technology roles and it would also provide them with the ability to better balance their work and home lives.
5). More Female Mentorship Opportunities
One way to help more women succeed in tech is by providing more female to female mentorship opportunities. Mentoring can provide valuable guidance and support, especially for early-career professionals. Only a woman who has cut a path of her own in a male dominated field can honestly speak to other women walking a similar path. I really hope to see more tech companies and organizations offering these types of mentorship programs for women in 2023.
6). More Funding for Women-led Startups
I also want to see more funding for women-led startups in 2023. Currently, only about 2% of venture capital goes to startups with female CEOs. I think that we need to invest more money in businesses led by women so our industry will become more diverse and innovative by design.
7). More focus on mental health
Mental health is an important issue that is often overlooked in the technology. In 2023, I’d like to see more focus on mental health from tech companies, as this will help to create a healthier workplace environment for everyone.
8). More support for employees dealing with harassment
Sadly, sexual harassment is still a problem within the tech industry. In 2023, I hope to see more support for employees who are dealing with harassment, such as better policies and procedures for reporting incidents and more training for managers on how to deal with these situations effectively.
9). More opportunities for career growth
Career growth is an important issue for employees in any industry, but it’s especially important in technology where job titles and roles can change rapidly. In 2023, I want to see more opportunities for women to grow their careers, such as cross training and educational resources.
10). More focus on work/life balance
The tech industry is known for being fast-paced and demanding, which can often lead to problems with work/life balance. By In 2023, I hope to see more focus on work/life balance from tech companies, as this will help to improve employees wellbeing and happy employees are productive employees!
The future looks bright for women in tech and I cannot wait to see all the amazing things that we will achieve in this new year. I’d love to hear what changes you would like to see in 2023 so please don’t hesitate to reach out and share your thoughts with me in the comments below. Thank you for reading and until next time, keep striving for greatness!