New York City is experiencing a resurgence of gender equality in tech, but the gender gap isn’t nearly as wide as it was in 2016, according to a new study.
The study, which is being released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, found that only 28 percent of tech employees are women in a city where the median wage is $30,000, compared to 55 percent in 2017.
That’s despite a growing number of tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, offering paid time off for employees and encouraging more women to pursue tech careers.
The new report also found that women have a significantly higher chance of entering the tech workforce.
“Women are still the majority of people working in tech and even in many of the top tech jobs,” said Elizabeth Wexler, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
“But we’ve seen a marked improvement in the representation of women in tech.”
The new study analyzed the gender makeup of the ranks of software engineers, system administrators, software developers, and developers at companies with more than 500 employees.
It found that the median gender gap for these jobs was only 13 percent, which makes sense considering the numbers in the report.
“There’s been an increase in the number of women who are pursuing software engineering roles, but they are not necessarily in the same numbers,” said Wexlers co-author and assistant professor at the Berkeley Center for Women and Technology Catherine Mascarenhas.
“It is a significant change in the gender wage gap in tech.
There’s been a very significant increase in women in the tech industry who have been working in software.”
Women accounted for just under half of all software engineers in 2016.
The gap has narrowed slightly since then, with women making up just over half of the total in 2017, but still less than the 45 percent gap recorded in 2016 for software engineers.
The report also noted that the number who are women has been increasing over the last five years, but that this trend has been driven by a shift in the technology sector away from traditionally male-dominated roles, like programming and database design.
“The shift to the programming and data science fields, where the majority are male, is actually a sign of a growing and broader gender gap in the software industry,” said co-lead author and PhD candidate Mariana Sotelo.
“And we think that it’s because of a lot of different factors.”
The report looked at the gender of the programmers, developers, analysts, and engineers who worked at tech companies in the past five years.
It looked at those who are female and those who aren’t, and found that more than half of those who were female in 2016 are now women.
Of those who weren’t women in 2016 (58 percent), half are now female.
That means that the percentage of women working in the workforce has more than doubled in the last decade, according the report, which found that about half of women are employed in tech today.
Women are also making progress in other areas.
In 2016, they were less likely than men to be employed in leadership positions, and more likely to have a college degree.
But in 2017 they are about twice as likely as men to have had a bachelor’s degree or more.
In general, women are making progress.
In 2017, more than 60 percent of women were employed in STEM fields, including engineering and math.
In the report’s final section, Sotelos and Mascareres found that, compared with 2016, more women are now applying to tech jobs and more are leaving tech to go into other professions.
And while there are still more men in tech than women in general, they are still at a far lower level than they were in 2016 and 2017.
In general, Sotselos said, the gender pay gap at tech is narrowing, but “the gap isn and is widening.”
The new gender gap has not changed the way that women in technology are treated in the workplace, she said.
“If there’s anything that has been encouraging in this report, it’s the continued growth of women,” said Soteli.
“Women are coming out of the closet and they’re making significant progress in their career choices, but I think there’s still more to do.”