Compared to other tech hubs, NYC bends the gender blend

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In the midst of Internet Week New York, which runs through Sunday, the sad truth is this: About half the women who make their way into STEM careers quit. In computer occupations, only about a quarter of the workers are women.

Ah, but New York has a different take on this picture. The media and fashion industries hold open the door, at least partly, for women to land leadership roles in technology. Others are finding ways to establish themselves in pure technology companies, or as entrepreneurs.

One example: About 18 percent of NYC startups are led by women, compared with 10 percent in Silicon Valley, according to Omaha, Neb.-based nonprofit Startup Genome. Women also have risen to the highest ranks of tech companies in New York; IBM's Virginia Rometty leads more than 400,000 employees worldwide.

Operating in fields ranging from the art market to venture capital, women are changing the way people manage their healthcare, connect with others and find the goods and services they need.

In fact, women such as Rometty and, among others, Vivian Rosenthal of Snaps, Susan Lyne of AOL Brand Group, Bonita Coleman Stewart of Google and Catherine Levene of Artspace are likely to have a significant impact in the next few years not only on their respective businesses, but also on the city, their industries and New Yorkers' lives.

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Stories of successful women in technology are still too rare. More girls are more interested in technology than ever, but fewer arrive at the finish line—about half the women who make their way into science, engineering and technology careers quit. In computer occupations, only about 25% of the workers are women.

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