As Fort Worth continues to grow, it’s important that local industries reflect the city’s vibrant, diverse community and offer everyone an equitable chance to get their foot in the door in their chosen field.
That’s why the most recent news out of SmartAsset — a financial technology company — that Fort Worth ranks in the Top 20 cities in the nation for women in tech, is so exciting. It reaffirms that Fort Worth is establishing a competitive edge when it comes to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce in a major industry.
Women make up about 26% of the country’s tech workforce and, on average, are paid only 83% of what men are paid in the industry. However, SmartAsset determined that in some cities, women are both more likely and more capable of breaking into the constantly evolving tech world thanks to four key factors: gender pay gap, earnings after housing costs, women’s representation in the tech workforce and four-year tech employment growth.
After crunching the numbers, SmartAsset found Fort Worth ranked No. 17 out of the top 59 cities in the United States for women in tech, lagging slightly behind Louisville, Ky., and Fremont, Calif.
Fort Worth is slightly ahead of the national average when it comes to the gender pay gap for women in tech at 92% (the national average is 83%). Fort Worth is also slightly lower than the national average when it comes to earnings after housing costs, and the percentage of tech jobs filled by women.
Other Texas cities on the list of Best Cities for Women in Tech include Houston at No. 6, Plano tied for No. 27, San Antonio at No. 37, Irving at No. 39, Austin at No. 49, and Dallas at No. 54.
The complete list is available on the SmartAsset website.
“Fort Worth’s inclusion on the list for Best Cities for Women in Tech speaks to the city’s efforts to ensure that inclusion is not just a goal, but a way of doing business,” said Robert Sturns, the city’s economic development director. “A major goal for Fort Worth is to ensure that companies run by under-represented groups all have the same opportunities to do business and expand in our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
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