Why Sit With Me?

Sit With Us

Sometimes you have to sit to take a stand. Sit With Me invites you to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story. Pull up a chair and listen to stories from others; men, women, technical and non-technical, as they sit in the red chair.

Sit With Me was created by members of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition that works to increase diversity in computing and IT, with creative direction from marketing and branding firm BBMG.

Why This Matters

The reality is that women in computing and IT face significant obstacles. Of all the women in the technology private sector, 56% will leave midway through their careers – not because of family obligations, but because they’re dissatisfied with their jobs.

Women in technology are few in number. In 2014, women hold only 26% of technology and computing jobs, though they fill more than half of all professional occupations in the U.S. Only 11% of C-level executives at Fortune 500 tech companies are women.

Capitalizing on the power of gender diversity can yield a larger and more competitive computing and IT workforce. Imagine men and women working together to design technology that is as broad and creative as the people it serves.

Women expand the talent pool. Women represent a vast, untapped talent pool that can bolster the technical workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that IT will be one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, with nearly 1.4 million job openings between 2008 and 2018. Given the lack of people graduating from college with computing-related degrees, however, two-thirds of those jobs may go unfilled.

Women improve technical innovation. Groups with greater diversity solve complex problems better and faster than do homogenous groups, and the presence of women is more likely to increase the collective intelligence (problem-solving ability, creativity) of the group. .

Women increase your ROI. Research shows that companies with the highest representation of women in their management teams have a 34% higher return on investment than did those with few or no women.

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