In the 1940's more than half of programmers were women, yet, that proportion hovers around 25% today, with many studies finding that the actual percentage of women is closer to 10% - 20%. When big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming jobs in 2014, Google had some of the highest rates - 17% of technical roles were occupied by women.
The need to address diversity in tech becomes more astounding when considering recent findings that indicate women are better coders than men. In "Women Considered Better Coders - But Only If They Hide Their Gender" the Guardian cites a study in which software repository GitHub approved code written by women at a higher rate than code written by men, but only if the gender was not disclosed. So why is the number of women coders so low?
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