Whether you’re a woman returning to, entering, or attempting to advance in the I.T. ranks, landing a prime position often proves to be an against-odds affair. And it’s the very culture of hiring that many companies are reassessing to address this issue, in an effort to ensure a more balanced, diverse, and versatile workforce.
A quick scan of almost any I.T. department — from the trenches to the corner office — confirms it: Women who embrace technology as a lifelong career remain a rare breed. To be sure, opportunity for women in technology has advanced in the past few decades, as have education initiatives aimed at leveling the playing field, but for every woman rising to prominence or embarking on a profession in I.T., there seems to be another opting out of her career in technology.