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Are IT women appreciated in the United States?

A News.com story that I came across today discusses the slow decline in the number of female IT employees in the United Kingdom, "Why women leave IT in the U.K." (http://www.techrepublic.com/2100-10881_11-5857022.html)

According to the results of a recent study, the IT industry in the U.K. has experienced a 6% decline in women workers between 1997 and 2005. The reason for this decline is accredited to womens' perception that they have to "work harder than male colleagues to achieve success and break through the glass ceiling."

Already, this decline is viewed as problematic. The director general at Intellect, John Higgins, said that the U.K. won't stay an IT world-leader "for long if we continue to hemorrhage valuable, skilled women professionals from the sector. We must take action to ensure that we are doing all that we can to recruit, motivate, and retain women within our industry."

As a woman who works in the IT field, this topic is fairly sensitive to me. It certainly makes me wonder if similar studies have been conducted in the U.S.

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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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