The Way We Work

Women in the workforce still face gender-specific challenges: just 4 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are women, and their salaries are — on average — 33 percent less than men’s.

However, a survey oDesk conducted last year showed that the perception is that the gender gap is closing, especially among Millennials.

You would think that the tech industry, saturated with Millennials, would therefore be at the forefront of employment opportunities for women. It’s not. According to the survey, tech-related jobs are viewed as the third least inviting to female talent.

“I eventually concluded that we’re seeing the gap between what people wish to be true and what they actually believe to be true,” wrote Jaleh Bisharat, oDesk’s VP of marketing, in her column for the Huffington Post.

“Perhaps respondents don’t want to admit that in 2013, gender still impacts career potential — but when it comes down to it, they recognize that the business world is not the land of equal opportunity.”

How can we shift this reality? What measures can we take to encourage young women to focus their study in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas?

Read three remedies that could help close the gap here.

Jaleh Bisharat

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Jaleh Bisharat, Elance-oDesk’s senior vice president marketing, is a seasoned marketing executive with a history of growing startups into vibrant brands that inspire passion in their customers. Before joining oDesk, she was the vice president of marketing at several innovative companies including OpenTable, Jawbone and, and also served on the Board of Directors at OpenTable and Homestead Technologies. Jaleh received a Bachelor of the… read more