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Lack of women in the tech industry

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Claim: New data suggest that there's no hiring bias against women in the tech industry. They might just suck at job interviews.

Status: Partially True

Origin and Prevalence

A service called Interviewing. io, was created to allow interviewers and interviewees to match up online with interviewees based on their communication skills. They created a voice changer to make men sound like women and women to sound like men, during the interviews to try and fix the gender gap in the tech industry. The report states that men were being rated 3 out of 4 stars compared to the 2.5 stars women received. After the experiment, masking gender had no effect on interview performance. Another study showed that the type of questions asked can effect the interview performance. Another factor can include the interviewer choosing someone similar to them, because they will be working with them. When men interview potential employees in the tech industry, they tend to pick males over females because of the more similarities they have with one another.

Issues and Analysis

According to Aline Lerner, who reported this claim, but her results made her rethink how she viewed women in the tech industry and how they interviewed. It wasn't how the women were interviewing it was how they have no interest in the tech industry, or knew little about the jobs that are offered. The real issue at hand is 1.4 million jobs will open in computer science by 2020, yet we'll have enough qualified graduated to fill 29% of them and less than 3% will be filled by women. There are many things we can do to motivate women to enter computer science well before they start high school and college. Schools can encourage young women in every stage of their school years to explore this as a career options. Another issue is culture, images of men working in this field doesn't make it appealing to women to want to do this job. New efforts are being made by a group called "Girls Who Code" the founder of this is Reshma Saujani, and Merline Santil, which she is the head of the office and operation of this group. They are recasting the stereotypes for women in the tech industry. They have taught more than 10,000 girls in 43 states and 90% of alumni are going in to computer science. The issue at hand isn't that women suck at interviews, they just don't have much knowledge on the tech industry and are not taught much about going for that field. Hopefully, with this group of women going around the world to teach young women about this industry the future will have more women in the tech industry.

Ability Assessment

Code5 written by women are rated higher than those written by men. Women's profiles will get pulled at a rate of 78.6 percent where as men's profiles got pulled at of 74.6 percent. The acceptance rate will drop to 71.8 if the profile's gender is private and if they are unknown, however if they are unknown but their gender is public then the acceptance rate for females drops to 62.5 percent.


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