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A (slightly) brighter future for women in tech

Young women in the tech industry face a lot of challenges, but they also see opportunities to advance, according to a survey from Pluralsight and Women Who Code.

Women face a host of challenges in Silicon Valley. A pair of new reports suggests they're rising to them.

More than half of women aged between 18 and 39 say their current positions offer good opportunities to advance their career, according to a survey of 1,500 women working in technology that was conducted by Pluralsight and Women Who Code. That suggests attitudes toward promoting women may be changing in Silicon Valley, which has long been dominated by men.

And women with fewer than two years of experience are doing better than their male counterparts when negotiating pay, according to report by tech job marketplace Hired. Women are asking for better salaries when they start careers and at the junior level now make 7 percent more than men in comparable positions.


The progress doesn't mean gender diversity issues have disappeared. The field remains overwhelmingly dominated by men with women filling about 15 percent of tech jobs on average. Also, more than 50 percent of women in their 20s and 30s felt uncomfortable asking for a raise, according to the survey.

Many of the industry's biggest companies, including Apple, Facebook and Google and Intel, have pledged to do better. And a few, such as Intel and, now make sure that women and men doing the same work are paid the same.

Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code, says having more women in leadership roles would help change perceptions and attitudes. "You can see yourself in that person and that helps you visualize yourself in that role," she said.

The joint survey was conducted online in the winter of 2015 and designed to understand why women are underrepresented in the technology industry.