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Women in IT: Challenges and Successes

July 1st, 2024 | by
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Welcome to the first edition of our new blog series “Women in the IT industry”!

In this series, we will be looking at the many challenges, successes and experiences of women in the IT industry. We will highlight the key issues affecting women in IT, from overcoming prejudice and promoting equality and diversity to the biggest successes and stand-out achievements. These topics are particularly relevant for women in this dynamic and forward-thinking field.


The Field of IT

IT is a field characterised by innovation and technological advances. Despite the existing gender inequality in the IT industry, women have made significant progress and achieved impressive successes. However, challenges remain and awareness and efforts to integrate women into the industry are steadily increasing. [1]


Strains and Stereotypes

Strains and stereotypes are a key problem faced by many women in IT. From the assumption that women are less technically gifted than men, to the idea that they are better suited to non-technical roles, women often must contend with misperceptions and prejudices. These prejudices can lead to women being taken less seriously or their skills and achievements being underestimated.

In addition, women are often less represented in leadership and technical roles. Various studies, including reports from organisations such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, have highlighted structural barriers and challenges that can make it difficult for women to develop and succeed professionally.

Another obstacle for women in IT is unequal pay. Studies show that, on average, women in IT earn less than men, even if they have the same qualifications and experience [2]. This pay gap not only reflects an injustice, but can also make women feel less valued and motivated.


Overcoming Challenges

Initial steps have already been taken to overcome these challenges and reduce gender inequality in the IT sector. Nevertheless, further measures are required. These include targeted programmes to promote women in IT, creating an inclusive and supportive working environment and reviewing salary structures to ensure fair pay.

The Equal Opportunities Office at RWTH Aachen University has set itself goals to promote equality at the university. With the goal of achieving at least 25% of professorships held by women by 2030 and defined gender equality quotas in appointment procedures and for tenure-track appointments, the university is demonstrating its commitment to promoting women in management positions and academic careers. In addition, target quotas are set for permanent positions as part of the future contract for study and teaching in order to further support gender equality.

At the IT Center, we are fortunate to have a large number of talented women in our ranks who act as group leaders, experts and managers. Their contribution and leadership play a vital role in shaping our working environment and realising innovative projects. Our editorial team is also made up of a diverse range of female personalities – you can find out more about us in our Meet Us blog post!

Overall, it is crucial that all industries are committed to promoting women and creating equal opportunities for everyone. By overcoming prejudices, removing structural barriers and promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, women can realise their full potential in all professional fields and make a significant contribution to social development.


[1] LHH Berlin
[2] Statistisches Bundesamt
[4] Bundesregierung
[5] PWC


Responsible for the content of this article is Malak Mostafa.

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