In 2017 Smart Asset ranked the best cities for women in tech, putting Omaha 18 on the list. Although far from the #44 rank in 2016, there is still a lot of work to be done in making Omaha the a better hub in the Silicon Prairie.

This #18 ranking is the inspiration behind Project 18, a grassroots initiative to establish Omaha as the best city in the U.S. for women in tech. A lot of change needs to be done and the beginning is establishing data and insight into the tech disparities for females in tech. Here, Project 18 has summed up the top reasons that Omaha needs to take ownership in this initiative.

It’s the right thing to do. Women leave the tech field because they are often treated unfairly, underpaid, and are less likely to be able to advance in comparison to male colleagues. In the workplace, we believe it is our ethical and moral responsibility to create equality.

It’s better for business. Diverse teams perform better because they challenge each other to think differently. We know that our ability to create innovative technology in Omaha is directly influenced by our ability to build environments which harness the power of different perspectives.

It gives Omaha a competitive advantage. Silicon Valley and other tech centers in the United States have created volatile environments for women. Let’s learn from their mistakes, be proactive and change the tech industry to show that Omaha is dedicated to becoming the best tech community in the nation.

Share Your Experience

The first step is to making Omaha the most tech-friendly city for women is to truly understand and accurately represent the landscape in Omaha. Share your perspective by taking the Project 18 survey and sharing with your networks. Here is the link for you to share with your network: https://survey.quantumworkplace.com/project18/oc_BYNT60619

 

What Project 18 needs now is for you to share your experiences in the Omaha workplace.

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Over 54 years ago the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibited employment discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin, but it also banned discrimination in recruitment, hiring, wages and almost every aspect of the talent management process. Since then, women have undeniably made their mark in the workplace. Unfortunately, many women continue to be held back from achieving all they want in their careers by organizational policies and antiquated societal norms. Now is the time for leaders to create workplaces that women want to join and stay with. Not only is it the right thing to do, but gender diversity leads to better business outcomes such as improved profits and revenue.

In 2016 Gallup (2016) surveyed more than 323,500 U.S. adults to discover some crucial findings about women in the American workplace. The current economy and organizational pay are less important factors in women’s employment decisions while what deters women from an employer are outdated company cultures and policies that affect women personally and professionally. This is even more true for women who are working in male- dominated fields, like IT and engineering.