In a global age, companies are more likely to be run by men than by women.
But that’s about to change, as companies increasingly rely on women for more than just technical and sales skills.
The women who work in these companies are also more likely than their male counterparts to be involved in their company’s culture and culture-specific processes, according to a report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Women Leaders USA.
The report finds that while a majority of women work in software-related positions, a disproportionate number of women have leadership roles in the company’s boardroom and management structures.
The organization, which focuses on women in leadership, surveyed more than 700 CEOs and senior executives in more than 300 companies to determine how they would respond to gender equality.
“Women’s roles in technology have changed dramatically over the last decade,” said Stephanie Lasky, senior director of research and policy at Women Leaders.
“We have seen a significant increase in the number of roles that are filled by women in tech.
We’re seeing a growing number of positions that are being held by women, especially in technology, that are in a leadership role.”
For instance, more than half of women in Silicon Valley are executives and directors, compared to just 15 percent of their male peers.
And while women now hold about 50 percent of the tech jobs in the U.S., only 38 percent of them hold these top tech roles, according the report.
Companies are also increasingly looking to hire women to be on the frontlines of innovation and new product development.
For example, Apple is hiring nearly half of its female leaders.
In 2017, nearly 80 percent of employees working in Apple’s engineering departments were women, according a company spokeswoman.
While tech companies like Apple are taking steps to diversify their workforce, it’s still very much an open question if women are going to be more involved in the development of products and services.
And the gender gap in leadership roles could be just as big a barrier for women as it is men.
For one thing, women are less likely to have an open mind about leadership than men.
Women tend to be less inclined to take risks and be open to change than men, and women are more apt to be fearful of leadership.
That could also be part of why women are generally more likely not to join companies that are not focused on their career goals, like those that rely on people.
It’s a trend that has also been seen at Google, where in 2017, women accounted for just 17 percent of engineering jobs in America, but they made up nearly half the top management positions, according for the Google.com website.
Women who work for companies like Google, Apple and Amazon have more opportunities to have a career that is focused on solving the world’s problems.
“What we are seeing is that there is a growing desire by women to move beyond their career and into the public good,” said Laura Hutton, an analyst at Wells Fargo who covers technology and women in the tech industry.
“There is a desire to be a leader, a partner, a consultant and a member of the board of directors, and so women are stepping into that role.
That is, I think, an opportunity for women to get out there and take on more leadership roles.”
Women leaders are also making strides in helping to create companies that support women’s work and life goals.
In 2015, the National Association of Women Business Owners released a list of the top 10 business leaders who are women.
Many of the leaders are leaders in the business space who have worked for companies or governments, like the CEO of Microsoft, and the CEO and CFO of Verizon.
Other leaders who have been women include the CEO, chairman and COO of Comcast and the president and CEO of Disney.
“I’m very proud to say that we are the top-ranked business in the country in terms of female CEOs and CTOs, and that we have the best diversity in leadership in the United States,” said Hutton.
“And that’s a very strong indicator for the company that we’re doing things to empower women in our business.”
And in 2017 alone, tech companies spent more than $3.2 billion on initiatives to promote and support women in their leadership roles, the study found.
The issue isn’t limited to technology, though.
Women are also working harder in the office to ensure they are being valued, and are more comfortable taking risks.
Women made up almost half of the Fortune 500 in 2017.
About 35 percent of women at Google were executives, and 29 percent were directors, the report found.
In 2018, Google hired more than 1,100 women to help it implement its diversity initiatives.
While it’s difficult to know how much of the gender disparity is related to the changing tech landscape, it does show the impact that technology is having on the workplace.
“Technology has changed the world, and in a way, it has changed how we work,” said Susanne Kress, president of Women Leaders and author of The Lean Startup