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Why India beats Britain for women in tech

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The technology sector is notorious for under-representing women. If asked to name top male industry figures, the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and the late Steve Jobs roll off the tongue with ease.

But most people would struggle to name their female counterparts.

This doesn’t mean that women aren’t carving themselves out a space in the industry. If you pick a slice of the sector from emerging economies, particularly in India, you’ll find that there are significantly more high profile women in tech there than in the western world.

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To start with, 30 per cent of India’s tech workforce is female, compared with one in five in the UK. At the same time, India’s gender parity statistics continue to rise, while the UK’s have stagnated over the past five years.

In most indices (economic opportunity, educational attainment, health), women........

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