Columbus, Ohio, like many cities, has a fast-growing tech sector. Yet, the city barely made the list of Top 40 Tech Cities for Women. In fact, Columbus falls short of the national average when it comes to the percentage of women in the technology workforce.
The story of women and technology is not unique to Columbus, despite employers’ attempts to put diversity hiring into the spotlight. “Although the tech industry is integrating more women in boardrooms, the progress they’ve made to fill the gender gap has been minimal,” says Rebecca Henderson, CEO of global businesses and executive board member of Randstad, a global talent solutions leader.
Henderson reminds employers that women want a more equitable society with workplaces that uplift women – not only for themselves, but also for the generations to follow.
“For Columbus to live up to its stated pledge toward ‘Workforce Diversity, Supplier Diversity, Diverse Outreach and Internal Diverse Leadership,’ the city must insist that its tech firms improve women’s representation in their ranks,” she says.
Henderson goes on to speak about how employers can close gender pay gaps, reduce unconscious bias in hiring, and strengthen their commitment to diversity. She also explains how her own company has implemented a mentoring program that pairs male and female executives with early- to mid-career women.
Read the full article in the Columbus Dispatch, where you can learn more about improving workforce diversity and building an inclusive workplace. You can also stay up to date with the latest news on Randstad Sourceright’s diversity and inclusion Insights stream.
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