What’s really driving women out of leadership roles and the female tech founders inspiring change 

Despite the best efforts of some marketeers, International Women’s Day isn’t a Hallmark holiday. It’s an opportunity to celebrate achievements, take action to drive gender parity and call time on discrimination. A call to arms for those in leadership positions – male and female – to work together to create positive change.

This week, the Amply content team explored some of these topics across our ever-expanding media network of publishing partners. 

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Standing Down

On The London Economic this week, Amply’s senior content editor, Kirstie McDermott poses the question: why are powerful women stepping down from leadership positions? Shock resignations from Jacinda Ardern, Nicola Sturgeon and YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki prompt the question. 

According to some rather sobering statistics from McKinsey, 50% of women leaders are experiencing burnout at work, and in 2020 alone, 25% of women in senior leadership positions said they were ready to either slow their careers down, or leave the workforce. Click here to discover what can be done to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction.  

Mind The Gap

According to a report by The World Bank, women make up less than a third of the world’s workforce in technology-related fields. “This gap grows further at the executive level, where women hold a mere 11% of leadership positions,” writes Amply contributor, Susan Armstrong on The Next Web. 

Progress is painfully slow, but thanks to some female changemakers paving the way, there’s a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. Read about three formidable women driving change in the tech industry and they’re hiring! 

Women In Tech

Meanwhile, over on Maddyness UK, we’re exploring how women are being shut out of Web3. According to Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and People of Crypto Lab, only 13% of Web3 startups include a female founder, and only 3% of companies have a team that is exclusively female. When it comes to companies that have raised more than $100M, there are no all-female founding teams. All of these statistics are worse than average for startups in general.

BCG says that “building a Web3 with diverse startup investors, designers, and more is not only a moral imperative, it is critical for business success and the future of innovation.” 

The upside is that because Web3 is still early in its development, there’s still time to fix the problem and International Women’s Day (IWD) offers a timely reminder to do just that. 

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