If you are comfortable that those figures are a reflection of business finding the right person for the job then you are effectively saying women dont have what it takes to succeed in IT.
No that doesn't necessarily follow at all. Saying women don't have what it takes is not a necessary conclusion to feeling comfortable that businesses are currently finding the right person for a job. While some researchers have found that girls tend to favour languages, arts and social studies over maths and science from age 12, theres no evidence to suggest that women are not suited to a career in tech.
The research isn't about what a girl is *suited* for the research is an indicator of what girls *favor* or at least according to your sentence that is what I'm understanding. It's all about interest. Clearly, from my college classes and from IT work, women can be just as suited for a tech career as a men given training and natural talent. It's all about interest. The clear thinkers who think forcing women into IT and making it an issue of equality don't think women aren't suited for tech careers, instead the clear thinkers are saying, "It's an interest issue and nothing more." The key is understanding whats being asked here - its not a demand for women to be parachuted into jobs they are unqualified for. Its asking for an examination of our schooling systems and workplaces to see if there are ways that could encourage more women to choose a career in IT.
I graduated from a Kentucky university and the ratio of men and women in my IT classes was about one woman for every man. In Kentucky. Now, I don't have hard data, but just thinking of the typical image of Kentucky as being about 20 years behind everyone else I'm going to take a shot in the dark say, "If that ratio is in a KY university then I'm sure there are roughly equal amounts of men and women in other state colleges and universities." The message getting out is equal. This is a non-issue and needs to be buried. Also, at the same university we had a female IT teacher and a male IT teacher. The IT dept consisted of two male IT guys and, oh no, only one female IT tech...clearly the university is sexist. This is about providing more opportunities and stamping out inequalities, not swapping favouritism towards one group for another.
Oh sure. No agenda at all. Crystal clear. I know the current system is just chock full of chauvinists. The IT world is nasty and not open at all to women. It's something that clearly needs to be fixed. If you want to make sure that businesses are getting the right people for the job then why not try and root out inherent biases in our schools and offices?
Because I seriously doubt there are biases. Especially when I go to my district's public school website and see the director of technology is a woman, one of the support techs is a woman, and that one of the tech teachers is a woman. Now, I know there is a bias when I see that the Network Admin is a man. Dude, there is all kinds of bias there. That tech director must be a against women in the IT department! Oh wait...I forgot, the director is a woman. Uh, um, I know! Her husband is feeding her chauvinistic literature and making her an anti-feminist. :\
I don't think the reason this "issue" isn't worth pursuing is because of any economic reason, instead I think it should be killed because it's bizarre to think women don't get a fair shot at an IT job. Do I think every single hiring manager is pure in his or her decision on a candidate for the job? No I don't. A lot of factors are involved in a hiring managers decision, e.g., is this a friend, is this candidate recommended by someone in-house, and am I bias against this candidate's gender; just to name a few. For the most part, I think it's fair to say men and women are equally considered for every job. I heavily hesitate to say that most hiring managers have a bias against women in IT. I cannot reasonably base an "anti-women in IT argument" on stats showing what women *favor,* the current % of men in the IT workforce, and other interest data because such stats do not show a bias against women in any way; one cannot reasonably draw such a conclusion from data like that. You would have to do better than that. I think this "issue" is nothing more than a new "war on women" issue to try and rally people together for some meaningless cause. Yes, with this "issue" some women who weren't chosen for a tech job will crawl to this article and lament how they weren't chosen because IT is so anti-woman and even some feminist men will champion this article and others like it, but at the end of day I have to ask, "Okay, woman who wasn't chosen for the tech job, how many men weren't chosen along with you? What gender was hired?" It could be that a different woman was chosen over her or that the man who was chosen over her (not to mention the countless other candidates who happened to be men) was more qualified. It's a thought to consider.
This "issue" is just the result from what women naturally (oh, maybe I should use another word - nah, I'll stick with it just for fun I guess) favor, which doesn't mean every single woman obviously, and most likely nothing more. Not every man is interested in IT either. A lot of my male friends tell me they like tech products, but would hate having a tech career because they're more interested in business, construction, architecture, art, etc. I've also had women tell me the same thing. I have quite a few female friends in the IT business too: one is a web designer, one is a help desk tech, and the other is still in college getting a degree in network administration. I'm not basing my argument in my experience alone because that would be a fool's errand and not worth the time of this comment; what I'm basing it on is what I read, see, and hear around the IT world. Quite a few "in-the-trenches" IT podcasts I listen to involve women they've talked about this supposed issue because CompTIA is championing it too. Sometimes I think activist type people miss the days when actual social issues like this existed. Why? Because then the issue was real and writing like this would actually be underpinned with strong material instead of toothpicks.
I admit I could be wrong. I'm not so bold to think I'm 100% correct on this topic, but your evidence doesn't lead me to the conclusion you've reached. Perhaps I'm ignorant. I need more evidence to believe there is actually a bias against women in the IT world.