Women in Tech Report

Report Card

TrustRadius 2021 Women in Tech Report

We spotted this which may be of interest to companies with EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) groups and looking for some information on how the women are faring during the current pandemic.

The Women in Tech Report includes 50+ new statistics and quotes on gender equality in the workplace. Topics include barriers to promotion and unconscious bias.

  • 57% of women in tech feel burned out at work this year, compared to 36% of men.
  • Women in tech are nearly twice as likely as men to have lost their jobs or been furloughed due to the pandemic. 
  • Women are divided on whether remote work has helped or hurt women in tech. 42% say it’s had a negative impact, 41% say the impact has been positive, and 17% say there’s been no impact.
  • 72% of women in tech have worked at a company where bro culture is pervasive. That average includes 83% of women in sales, 80% of women in marketing, and 63% of women in IT/engineering.
  • The majority (72%) of women in tech are regularly outnumbered by men in business meetings by at least a 2:1 ratio. 26% of women report being outnumbered by 5:1 or more.
  • 78% of women in tech feel they have to work harder than their coworkers to prove their worth.
  • Women in tech are 4X more likely than men to see gender bias as an obstacle to promotion. 39% of women see gender bias as a barrier to promotion in 2021.
  • Women of color are less confident than white women about their promotion prospects—and that gap has increased by 3X over the past year.
  • 37% of women of color in tech feel that racial bias is a barrier to promotion.
  • To help support women in tech, 78% of women say companies should promote more women into leadership positions. Other solutions include:
    • Providing mentorship opportunities (72%)
    • Offering flexible scheduling (64%)
    • Conducting unconscious bias training (57%)
    • Offering equal maternity and paternity leave (55%)
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Bristol Business Support Series

WTF Flyer

Women Tech Founder with YTKO Thursday May the 6th

Women’s Tech Founders has partnered with YTKO to deliver a series of events offering tailored business support to help you start and grow your tech business via the North and East Bristol Support programme (NEBS).

Lets Gets Started

NEBS is delivering fully funded business support to help pre-start, start-ups and SMEs gain the essential business knowledge needed for success. The wide range of support includes workshops and training in marketing, finance, planning, strategy and much more, as well as 1:1 sessions with expert business advisors and access to peer networking events to grow your Bristol business network. Funded by Bristol City Council and West of England Combined Authority, this support is available until March 2023, covering all industries and business sizes from 0 to 250 employees. In addition to the live, online workshops the support gives access to two award-winning e-learning platforms to allow learning in your own time.

Join us on Zoom This Thursday for a one hour interactive and informal meeting to discover more about the funded programme and how to access tailored support, as well as request topics for learning and group discussion each month.

Sign up for the event via meetup.

*WTF is a women-only group but YTKO also support men so please contact them via their website https://www.ytko.com/

Women’s Tech Hub/Founders working with WIST

CTO role

Women’s Tech Hub were recently introduced by one of our allies to a group from ‘out of town’ called We in Social Tech (WIST) which is an accelerator that supports female social tech founders.

“The We in Social Tech growth accelerator programme has been created to support 85 ambitious women-led social tech businesses over two years.

Whether you’re starting out or are already established, the most important thing is that you’re passionate about making a positive impact with your business.

The accelerator is delivered by Nwes, the largest not-for-private-profit enterprise agency in the UK, and supported by Deutsche Bank, through its social enterprise programme Made for Good.”

They are currently running with a cohort of new start-ups who are the ideas people behind some great solutions but do not necessarily have the tech knowledge and are essentially looking for a mix of CTO’s and freelancers to help get their companies onto the next stage.  

We believe that we have many women in our network who do have the knowledge and tech skills to step into these roles and as such we are looking to advertise their needs and also offer a training overview of what the CTO roles require, and look into arranging additional skills training if required.  We know that most CTO’s generally step into the role through starting up a tech business or are promoted into the role and do not have formal training, this takes confidence and drive.  We do know there’s a lack of women in the role and think that this is a great next step for many of our members looking to move up in their careers, moving into more ‘tech for good roles’, especially those who hadn’t previously considered CTO roles as accessible to them.

There are options also to work on a freelance basis and move into a CTO role once the companies are ready and you have proven yourselves ‘in the job’.

If you are interested in talking to us about the opportunities please contact us on info@wthub.org – we will put out blogposts on each of the opportunities to describe them better.  There is also the opportunity to work remotely and also flexibly so please don’t let the fact that they are not locally based startups put you off!

 The companies looking currently are:

Interwoven

A community of sustainable business creators” are looking for a freelancer with an opportunity to move into a CTO role

Presspad

social enterprise that is fighting to lower the financial barrier of entry into journalism” are looking for a freelance CTO

I am the world

“bring back the beauty and wisdom of travelling while creating a lasting impact for a better world” are looking for a CTO and

Republic of Hugs

embraces immersive and interactive technologies to create wellness and entertainment experiences” are looking for a CTO and in future some Web and Software Developers (hence no website link or logo yet)

We’ll follow up with some further details on the companies but for now, we are interested in members who may be interested in an initial chat on what options are available. There’s no major signup, just contact us on info@wthub.org and we can discuss what the companies are looking for, discuss whether you believe it may suit you and then set up an intro.

Women’s Tech Founders

Kissy Kissy Game

Come along to the next Women Tech Founders on Monday and help support Constance practicing her pitch for her kissy kissy game. You don’t have to be an actual tech founder, just an interest in what it’s like to be one, wanting to support others or simply being a bit curious – it helps to be or identify as a woman though as this is the support network for you!

Supporting women founders:

It’s hard to work stuff out when you are right in the middle of things. This month we are introducing a regular 20-minute slot called “Its not about the nail” to work talk through your ideas, projects and business conundrums.

1. Intros and catch ups
2. Agreeing the rules
3. Its not about the nail – with Constance Fleuriot and Pretty Digital
4. Planning for the year – sessions ideas

Watch this video for some background on what we mean by “its not about the nail

The aim is to give one person each month some space talk about their business, bring their whole selves and to be listened to. WTF’s agree to listen appreciatively to each other and give one person a safe space to share and think through their problem. This can only work if we listen attentively and don’t rush to fix things.

Guidelines for speakers are:

To be brief, be specific, be positive, and take responsibility. You can bring everything in your life to the discussion – it’s not always about the business. Other participants should exercise good listening skills by using open-ended questions, acknowledge the problem without being judgemental, and not try to fix everything (with the proviso that occasionally people do want to hear ideas and solutions). We also agree not to repeat or discuss anything you learn from these discussions.

This is probably not the final set of guidelines – lets discuss this too!

Join via our meetup group HERE

We’re on a Steve Jobs style retreat this week

seasise retreat

In Falmouth

Okay not exactly a retreat more of a bit of a breakdown, re-energize and feedback on the year coupled with a bit of fresh air, shopping, exercise and we suspect some drinking (apparently Jacobs Ladder is the place to be). We’ve listened to the great TEDxBristol folk and will re:BOOT!

We have a lot of interest from companies wishing to engage and sponsor the Workshop Wednesdays which is great news. We will be putting together some packages to better support companies and enable us to feed ourselves (and pay for Falmouth! [just joshing as that’s out of our own pockets])

Whilst we are away though our lovely friends and members are stepping in for us to host our

Workshop Wednesdays

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