This International Women's Day, the Cognizant U.S. Foundation is proud to report on its efforts to empower and educate women and girls across the country—a key pillar of our work to date.
We know the stats well: Women make up 57 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold just 26 percent of jobs in technical or computing fields. In 1984, 37 percent of Computer Science majors; today that number is just 17 percent. In 2019, computing represents among the country's fastest growing jobs, with average earnings 75 percent higher than the average nationwide salary, the gender pay gap nearly nonexistent. This is our opportunity—and this is our responsibility.
"The data has shown us that when women succeed, we all succeed,"
Meera Krishnamurthy, Senior Vice President at Cognizant
In 2018, the Cognizant U.S. Foundation was founded with an initial $100 million investment designed to support technology education and skills training across the country. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded $4.1 million to deliver digital skills training and education opportunities to young women in markets throughout the U.S. In partnership with NCWIT (The National Center for Women in Technology), a nonprofit community of more than 1,100 universities, companies, nonprofits and government organizations nationwide, the Cognizant U.S. Foundation will bring technology education and training opportunities to new communities across the country to support women and girls in pursuit of careers in technology. By the end of the year, these new programs are expected to benefit more than 2,200 women and girls, and by 2021, the fully developed training network is expected to impact more than 13,000.
"Gender diversity has long been priority for Cognizant and a key focus of my work, and I'm thrilled to sponsor the foundation's investments in this space," said Carol Cohen, board member and NCWIT award sponsor, Cognizant U.S. Foundation. "Studies show that the skills gap continues to increase for all demographics, yet it is clear the gap for women is widening more rapidly than for others. We're looking forward to supporting NCWIT in creating STEM career awareness, developing training programs, and leveraging Cognizant's own workforce to mentor and inspire women to pursue careers in technology."
"The data has shown us that when women succeed, we all succeed," said Meera Krishnamurthy, Senior Vice President at Cognizant and board member of the Cognizant U.S. Foundation. "We are thrilled to support women and girls in communities across the country to pursue careers in technology, and in turn, ensure our communities thrive in the 21st century economy."