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What Companies Can do to Attract More Women to Innovative and Technical Careers

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When words like programmers or computer scientists are tossed around, many women wouldn’t self-identify to the stereotypical image that may come to mind.

As of early 2013, women make up only 31 percent of the information technology workforce. For the women who work, or want to, in tech, how can we help them thrive?

There are nearly 54 million women in the U.S. that are not in the labor force—for a variety of reasons from unemployment to family obligations. For women who have been out of the work force and are looking to reenter, it can be hard in a fast paced field to be up to speed with the latest technologies, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Around the globe, companies like IBM are finding ways to help bring women to the technology sector and onto a technical career path, from investing in women without traditional technical backgrounds to offering mentorships, they’re supporting women who can become the next technical leaders.

IBM is invested in helping women in technical careers, whether new to the company, previous employees or current employees. It is providing support through mentoring and networks that can create a foundation for a career path towards technical leadership roles.

Its Technologista YouTube series offers an inside glimpse at what the women at IBM are doing. Read more about women at IBM here.

This is the first infographic in a series of three about women in the technology workforce.

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