Hard to measure: Female software engineers may be even scarcer than thought

January 9, 2014 at 1:42 am Leave a comment

Thanks to @NCWIT for the link to this article.  I’m not sure that I buy the validity of a crowd-sourced data set, but agree that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) sampled dataset may be missing the overall picture, too.  Maybe we have to use multiple measures to triangulate for better accuracy.

The data she’s been collecting for about a month now can be viewed via a Google spreadsheet. Taking a look at them, there are already some interesting findings. Based on data reported for 107 companies, 438 of 3,594 engineers (12%) are females, well below the BLS’s 22% finding, backing up Chou’s theory that the numbers may be inflated.

Here are how the some of the more well known companies in Chou’s data rank:

Khan Academy: 6 of 24 engineers, 25%

Medium: 5 of 21, 24%

GoodReads: 5 of 25, 20%

Snapchat: 2 of 13, 15%

Hootsuite: 6 of 41, 15%

Reddit: 2 of 14, 14%

via Female software engineers may be even scarcer than thought | ITworld.

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