While there continue to be strides in diversifying STEAM & tech fields, the numbers tell a different story.
By Cy White, Illustrations by Jessica Wetterer
According to the June 2020 “Austin Area Technology Talent Labor Market Study and Strategy” report conducted by Alexander Research & Consulting, women made up 23% of computer and mathematical occupations in 2018 (3% lower than the national average of 26%). Meanwhile, women made up 46% of Austin’s employed population.
On Women Impact Tech’s 2023 list of 100 progressive companies that prioritize inclusive hiring practices, two companies represent Austin: Bumble and OJO Labs.
In a March 2023 report titled “The State of Girls and Women in STEM,” compiled by the National Girls Collaborative Project, women with STEM professions comprise about 42% of careers in computer and mathematical sciences (26%) and engineering (16%).