Forget Milwaukee’s “City of Festivals” tagline or the city’s current attempt to rebrand itself as a water mecca; Milwaukee should now be known for its relative friendliness towards women working in technology. Ranking above most Silicon Valley tech hubs, Milwaukee was named the 14th best city for women in technology in 2017 in a study by SmartAsset.
The study ranked cities based on four metrics: the gender pay gap, income after housing costs, technology jobs filled by women and four-year employment growth. Milwaukee placed far above the national gender pay gap average for women in computer and mathematical occupations with women making 96.8 percent of men’s wages.
With women filling 30 percent of tech jobs, Milwaukee also fell above the national average in the category of technology jobs filled by women. The city’s ranking was brought down only by its less-than-stellar performance in the employment growth and income categories.
Though this positive ranking is a step in the right direction, Milwaukee still has ways to go to achieve equality for women working in technology. Thirty
percent is far from 50, after all. However, organizations in the city are striving to increase these numbers by getting young girls interested in technology. One such group is the Milwaukee chapter of “Girls in Tech,” which has conferences, programs and events designed to make careers in technology possible for young girls. Milwaukee’s is one of only 19 chapters in North America.