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9 Reasons Why Women Leave Tech Jobs

If you think most women quit because they just don't like working in IT or because their jobs don't offer the work-life balance or parental leave they need, think again.
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8. Work-Life Balance

In any discussion about women in the workforce, motherhood and family inevitably become part of the conversation. Many people assume that women earn less money than men because they choose to have children and work less (or less hard) because they want to spend more time with their offspring.

However, in the survey, a miniscule number of the women surveyed — just 2.3% — said that they had left a job because of inadequate parental leave. A somewhat higher number cited “work-life balance,” which is often code for wanting to spend more time at home to raise kids. But this response was cited by only 14.4% of respondents. While families and work-life balance sometimes play a role in female tech workers’ decisions to leave their employers, it isn’t the most common reason.

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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