The Brogrammer Effect: Women Are a Small (and Shrinking) Share of Computer Workers – Jordan Weissmann – The Atlantic

September 19, 2013 at 1:24 am 2 comments

Good to see The Atlantic caring about this.  I don’t see much evidence offered that it’s a “Brogrammer” effect, though, other than the title.

So here’s why everybody, whether or not they’ve ever given a hint of thought to brogrammers and the social mores of Silicon Valley or Alley or Beach, should care. A large part of the pay gap between men and women boils down to the different careers they pursue. And STEM jobs, with their generally high salaries, are an especially important factor. Meanwhile, as the Census notes, computer fields make up about a half of STEM employment. So when you talk about women retreating from computer work, you’re talking about a defeat for their financial equality.

via The Brogrammer Effect: Women Are a Small (and Shrinking) Share of Computer Workers – Jordan Weissmann – The Atlantic.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. alfredtwo  |  September 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I suspect the editor who wrote the title thought it would be a good idea to use the word “brogrammer” because it is a buzzword that would attract readers.

  • 2. Monica McGill  |  September 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

    While I agree that this is interesting, I do not believe that the pay gap is due to women pursuing different fields. From the research, it appears that there is a pay gap between women and men in the same field of work with the same level of experience. This is true both in the US and the UK. More women in CS/IT does not necessarily back the hypothesis that this would address pay inequality.


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