The technology industry, as you've no doubt heard, isn't exactly the friendliest to women. Whether you look at straight demographic statistics, listen to the testimony in the recent sexual harassment suit against storied VC firm Kleiner Perkins, or talk to female founders about their experiences fundraising, the picture you get of the industry's openness to women isn't the rosiest.
But even the bleakest overview offers at least some bright spots, and just because many companies have woeful numbers when it comes to gender diversity, that doesn't mean every company is doing a bad job of recruiting and supporting female technologists.
Which companies are the best of the bunch if you're a woman with serious tech chops looking for a supportive place to work?
Every year the Anita Borg Institute--a non-profit dedicated to promoting women in computing--crunches numbers to find out. This year, they looked at 35 companies that employ technologists, looking at statistics on how many women were recruited and promoted in these roles to find those that welcome women with open arms--and then actually enable them to advance.
The top honor this year went to BNY Mellon, but the bank wasn't the only business that had above-average stats for women in tech roles. Another dozen companies also earned that honor, garnering praise from ABI. "All of the companies on the Top Companies Leadership Index have demonstrated a commitment to advancing women in technical roles and creating a culture where they can thrive," Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, commented.
So who are they? Here's the complete list in alphabetical order:
ABI isn't the only organization that comes out with such a ranking. Glassdoor recently took a slightly more qualitative approach, looking not at cut-and-dried stats like the number of women recruited and promoted, but instead examining where women technologists reported being happiest with their work.
For female computer scientists, engineers, and other assorted technical types, lists like these might be a good place to start when you're weighing job opportunities. For entrepreneurs hiring for technical roles, they're a good reminder that female techies are an underutilized resource.
"Companies need technical talent, and women represent half of the intellectual capital. If companies want to attract the best and the brightest, then it only makes sense for companies to tap into the technical skills women have to offer," Whitney points out. Plus, female techies are great sources of customer insight...and excellent PR for those looking to hire in one of the toughest spaces for recruiting going.