Today marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women’s achievements and to continue the push for equality the world over, embodied by this year’s theme: #PushforProgress.
One area that we believe there’s still plenty of room for improvement in (and supported by our recent Women in Tech report) is female employment in technology. The social and ethical motives for this are clear, but if that’s not reason enough, you may be unaware of the vast quantitative research that supports the push for balancing out genders in the workforce.
It’s not just the US seeing the benefits. 22,000 firms from around the world were recently studied in regards to gender diversity and the results showed that firms that went from no female corporate leadership to even just a 30% female share caused a 15% increase in profitability for a typical firm. It was discovered that because of the presence of high level female leaders, there was less gender discrimination throughout the firm.
As a recruitment company, we perhaps understand better than anyone the potential expenses and difficulties involved with hiring staff and the importance of retaining your best talent cannot be understated.
The sheer scale of research available supporting the equal inclusion of women at work goes far beyond any article can cover. International Women’s Day is all about celebrating the achievements of females around the world and there’s plenty to celebrate. But, it’s also a day to remember the challenges women still face and the gender gap is one of them. The evidence is clear, however: the more women the technology industry hires, the better we all are for it.