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Cracking the Gender Code

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New research from Accenture and Girls Who Code shows that the gender gap in computing is getting worse and has severe implications for the U.S. economy. If we act now, we can triple the number of women in computing by 2025. Let’s #CrackTheCode. Learn more at www.accenture.com/CrackingTheGenderCode.

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Cracking the Gender Code

  1. 1. GET 3X MORE WOMEN IN COMPUTING CRACKING THE GENDER CODE
  2. 2. COMPUTINGSKILLS ARETHEMOST SOUGHTAFTER IN THE U.S.TODAY.
  3. 3. But women’s share of the U.S. computing workforce will continue to DECLINE FROM 24% TO 22% IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS UNLESS WE TAKE ACTION NOW.
  4. 4. ASKILLSSHORTAGE IS ALREADY CHALLENGING U.S.BUSINESSES. In 2015, there were 500,000 new computing jobs but fewer than 40,000new computer science graduates to fill them. This shortage is a fundamentaleconomicchallengefortheU.S. economy and its global competitiveness.
  5. 5. TRIPLETHENUMBER OFWOMENIN COMPUTINGBY2025 1.2M 1.7M 3.9M Ifweapply targetedmeasures, specificallytogirls fromjuniorhigh tocollege Ifwecontinue withtoday’s approach Today THEOPPORTUNITY
  6. 6. HighSchool &College JuniorHigh,HighSchool &CollegeCollegeBaseline 20252024202320222021202020192018201720162015 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 %ofthecomputingworkforcethatarewomen INCREASE WOMEN’S SHARE OF THE COMPUTING WORKFORCE FROM 24% TO 39% BY 2025 24% 39% THEOPPORTUNITY
  7. 7. BOOSTWOMEN’SCUMULATIVE EARNINGSBY$299BILLION Actions taken during college Actions taken during college and high school Actions taken during college, high school and junior high +$191BN +$42BN +$299BN THEOPPORTUNITY
  8. 8. THE SOONER THE RIGHT STEPS ARE TAKEN, THEBIGGERTHEUPLIFT.
  9. 9. LET’STRIPLETHENUMBER OFWOMENINCOMPUTING. Girls in junior high have the potential to fill1.6millionextra computingpositions by 2025. That’s69%ofthetotalincrease in the female computing workforce.
  10. 10. The report identifies which factors make the most difference at each stage of a girl’s educational journey. Computing is for girls (+25%) Experience of computing(+18%) Inspiring teacher (+16%) Computing is ‘cool’ (+11%) No friends studying computing (-33%) Not enjoyable (-31%) Computing not taught (-30%) Inspiring teachers (+16%) Positive role model (+14%) HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ACTNOW
  11. 11. SUSTAIN ENGAGEMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL INSPIRE A CAREER AFTER COLLEGE SPARK INTEREST IN JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS ARE 4X MORE LIKELY to go into computing or coding as adults if they had early exposure to games. 73% OF HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS who were interested in studying computing had a teacher who encouraged them. 58% OF WOMEN WORKING IN COMPUTING did not major in computer science as college undergraduates. The door to computing never closes. ACTNOW
  12. 12. WHOWILLCRACKTHECODE? ALL OF US. GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN, SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES, NOT-FOR-PROFITS, GOVERNMENT. IT’STIMETOACTNOW.
  13. 13. ABOUTTHERESEARCH Accenture and Girls Who Code carried out in-depth analysis to identify the factors that most influence decisions on studying and working in computing. This included qualitative research among girls aged 12-18, undergraduates, young workers, parents and teachers. We used the results to interview over 8,000 individuals to validate and quantify the findings. We then created a model to estimate the potential changes to female participation under a number of scenarios, and to calculate the potential impact on women’s earnings in the U.S.
  14. 14. www.accenture.com/crackingthegendercode #CrackTheCode Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. Accenture, its logo, and High Performance Delivered are trademarks of Accenture.

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