Women make up only a small percentage of the workforce in the data center industry. If we are talking about technology jobs in general, that number only comes in at 20% — not nearly enough.

When talking about the U.S. population as a whole, women account for 51%. Numbers don’t lie. With the industry facing a skills shortage, it seems like bad practice to overlook 51%  of workers. It's simply not good business.

So, why do women make up such a small percentage of the industry? Certainly, there are many reasons. One big one is that most women, for whatever reason, don't think of tech jobs when they're planning their futures. And, that needs to change. 

Perhaps data center careers seem out of reach because the industry doesn't share enough about the impressive women who are currently accomplishing great things. Here at Mission Critical magazine, we want to do our part to turn that around.

That's why we started the Top 25 Women in Technology list last year. The response we received far exceeded our expectations, and it was a privilege for us to share the results — the list highlighted women from all over the world who have dedicated their lives to this industry. 

Of course, there are a lot more than 25 women who deserve that recognition. That's why this list is back for a second year, and we are hoping for a repeat in the enthusiasm when it comes to nominations. 

Mission Critical wants to create a buzz about women and the data center market, but we can't do it alone — we need your help. If you know of a deserving woman working in the data center industry, please nominate her for this list. All winners will be profiled in the March 2022 issue of the magazine.

It doesn't matter what sector of the technology industry they are involved in. We want to highlight a plethora of different positions. 

It will only take a few minutes of your time to share their accomplishments with us … but I guarantee it will mean the world to the individual you are nominating. And, who knows, it might even inspire other women to consider this industry for their careers. Diversity is good for all professions, and opening up another section of the labor pool can only lift the data center industry.

Nominations are open from now until Dec. 31 — submit yours today!