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Apple CEO Tim Cook has acknowledged the lack of women in the technology sector. In an interview with the BBC, Cook said there were “no good excuses” for the lack of women in the tech industry. He has criticized almost every tech firm in Silicon Valley, saying the tech sector needs more women to reach greater heights. He added that technology “won’t achieve nearly what it could” without a more diverse workforce.
Cook acknowledged the gender imbalance in his own company’s workforce. According to statistics shared by Exploding Topics, women represent only 27% of the total workforce at tech companies. The total number of women in technology-related positions decreased by 2.1 percent from 2020 to 2021. According to Statista, the proportion of women at Google in 2021 was 33.7 percent. For Apple, it was 34.8 percent in 2021. your own diversity report.
During the interview, Tim Cook said that Apple is trying to change things for the better. The Cupertino-based company recently launched its Founders Development Program for female founders and app creators in the UK. He said the company prioritizes women in the program.
“I think the essence of technology and its effect on humanity depends on having women at the table,” Cook said. “Technology is a great thing that can do many things, but if you don’t have different opinions at the table working on it, you won’t find great solutions,” he added.
One of the challenges preventing women from participating in the technology industry is the lack of girls choosing to study science, technology, engineering and math subjects in school. “Companies can’t cuss and say ‘there aren’t enough women studying computer science – that’s why I can’t hire enough,'” Cook said. “We need to fundamentally change the number of people studying computer science and programming.”
Cook believes that everyone should be required to take some sort of coding course to have a “working knowledge” of how coding works and how apps are built. Apple has created its own Swift programming language – a powerful and intuitive programming language for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.