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Women in Tech Statistics: 73% Experience Gender Bias in the Workplace

Even in today’s modern world, gender inequality in the workforce still exists. In historically male-dominated fields like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), women are experiencing gender bias. To better understand their experiences and promote inclusivity and equality, SPR conducted a survey of more than 500 women currently working in STEM fields and not employed by SPR. 

Navigating Gender Bias in Tech Workplaces

Gender bias experiences and statistics among women in tech infographic from spr.com

Despite the evolving landscape of technology, many women in the STEM field have experienced gender bias. Gender bias is defined as favoritism toward or prejudice against a particular gender. Of the women in tech who have experienced gender bias, nearly 3 in 4 (73%) have experienced gender bias in the last year.

“It happens every day,” said a 46-year-old woman who works in STEM. “Everything from men taking over my role in meetings to unequal opportunities.”

More than half of women in tech (57%) say they’ve experienced gender bias in the workplace at some point and 48% have heard of other women in their organization experiencing it as well. The most common experiences of gender bias include interactions with coworkers, promotion or professional advancement, and salary. 

“Male coworkers comment about the fact they’re surprised a woman can be so successful as a software engineer,” said a 32-year-old survey respondent. “I’ve had male coworkers who have doubted my abilities and then been surprised to see the efforts and quality of my work.”

When it comes to reporting the situation, 14% told human resources about the experience. Among those who did, more than half feel the issue wasn’t adequately addressed by human resources or management. 

Those who chose not to report instances of gender bias to human resources cited various reasons including thinking it wouldn’t make a difference, not knowing if it was a valid complaint, and that they didn’t feel comfortable reporting it. 

Gender Gaps In STEM: Womens’ Experiences at Work

Gender disparities in technology workplaces infographic from spr.com

When it comes to gender disparities in the workplace, 50% of women in tech believe there is a gender pay gap at their company. Additionally, 2 in 5 feel men are assumed to be more capable than women at their workplace. 

“I have been passed up for promotion by men who have less experience than I do, to the point where I’ve begun to question my job,” shared a 58-year-old survey respondent.

Nearly 30% of women believe their workplaces don’t prioritize gender equality in their hiring and company culture and 18% think big improvements are needed for gender diversity in their organization. In fact, 40% believe it will take 10+ years before there’s equal gender diversity in tech.

Nearly half of respondents (49%) are fully remote workers while 38% are in hybrid positions, and 13% go into the office full-time. For those in hybrid or remote workplaces, 1 in 10 women in tech experienced gender-based harassment during a work video call, and 21% don’t have a remote work harassment policy at their company. More than 1 in 10 (11%) also report experiencing gender-based harassment over work emails or internal chats.

The Future of Women in Tech

The Future of Women in Tech infographic from spr.com When it comes to the future of women in tech, more than 1 in 3 (36%) plan to leave their job in the next 2 years.  The top five challenges women in tech face in the workplace:
  1. Lack of opportunities for advancement (61%)
  2. Lack of female role models (47%)
  3. Lack of mentorship at work (42%)
  4. Pay gap between colleagues (37%)
  5. Lack of training resources  (30%)
“The biggest trend I have seen is the lack of women in leadership, and it has gotten worse since I started at the company,” said a 29-year-old woman. “There have been big changes in the leadership, and the trend I have seen is women leaving, and men taking their places.” While some may be considering leaving their jobs, many believe changes can be made to draw more women into the tech industry:
  1. Encouragement for girls and women to take STEM classes
  2. Flexible work schedules
  3. More female role models
As for why most women went into tech in the first place, pay tops the list. Other reasons for working in the field include being passionate about tech, the flexibility of the jobs, job security, and the prevalence of tech jobs. Job perks that are keeping women working in tech include flexible work hours, working remote, and a generous paid vacation/holiday package.  "The results of our women in tech research study magnifies issues in our industry that continue to require our collective attention," said Stacy Fox, VP of Talent Operations at SPR. "At SPR, we want to enable our women employees to get the visibility, experience, and exposure they need to build their social capital and expand their knowledge in their respective fields. We are pursuing new programs this year with these goals in mind.” In male-dominated fields, women in tech have to balance more than just their job duties. At the end of the day, they are vital to bringing in new ideas and perspectives. The STEM field needs diversity to keep growing and expanding, and women are a key part of the future.

SPR, a technology modernization firm based in Chicago, works to create an inclusive and flexible work environment for all employees. Learn more about the company and our approach to partnerships. 



In December 2023, we conducted a survey of 525 women from across the U.S. who currently work in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields. Job levels across respondents included analyst/associate (31%), manager (20%), entry level (17%), individual contributor (16%), and others (16%). Respondents ranged in age from 18-76 with an average age of 37.

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