Gender Inequality in Coding Careers

Welcome to our page. We are college students in a sociology class from Cascadia College. We are interested in how to create gender diversity in coding careers. It is now well known that women are underrepresented in the computer science field; despite being pioneers.
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Chihyun Lin, Anastasia Vaneeva, Sydney Majors, Nick McKennon, Nina Jouval

29% of all employees across the biggest tech companies are women. Although, companies that break out gender ratio by role, report an even more drastic disparity in this percentage. Apple reports 22% of women tech workers, Google reports 18% of women tech workers, Microsoft reports 17% of women tech workers, Facebook reports 16% of women tech workers, Twitter reports 13% of women tech workers.
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Rosie the Riveter

Professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer a man the job over a woman with the same credentials. A woman’s salary, on average, was nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Only one-fifth of physics Ph.D.’s in this country are awarded to women, and only about half of those women are American. A powerful determinant of whether a woman goes on in science is whether anyone encourages her to go on.
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Famous Female Coders


1. Sara Haider
Sara Haider is known as one of the most famous female programmers. She has worked for Twitter, Android and etc.
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2. Jade Raymond
Jade Raymond is another famous female coder. She has worked for Sony, Ubisoft Montreal and G4 as a programmer.
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3. Amanda Wixted
Amanda Wixted is known as a famous female mobile developer. She is associated with Zynga and Instagram.
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4. Tracy Chou
Tracy Chou is another famous online platform programmer. She has worked for Pinterest and Quora.
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5. Corrine Yu
Corrine Yu is one of the most famous female game programmers. She played an important role in developing Halo 4.
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6. Leah Culver
Leah Culver is another famous female coder. She co-founded micro-blogging site Pownce and Convore programmer.
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Slow Changes

“Still, striking differences between men and women remain. In 2009, only 16 percent of graduates in engineering and 18 percent of graduates in computer sciences were women… Because engineering and computer scientists earn a great deal more than do home economics teachers, librarians, and nurses, these differences in college major have implications for future economic well-being.” (Brinkerhoff, D.B. Essentials of Sociology. 9th ed Belmont, CA: Wadsworth)However, awareness of this diversity problem has sprung into action, and this is now a well known problem worldwide. Microsoft claims they have been avidly working on the diversity of their workforce since October 2014. Intel pledged $300 million to creating a more diverse workforce, as well as Apple which donated $50 million to the National Center for Women and Information Technology.
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Percentage of Bachelor’s Degrees Earned by Women, by Field, 1971 and 2009.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (2010)
 Fields of Study  1971  2009
 Business  9  49
 Computer and Information Sciences  14%  18%
 Education  75  79
 Engineering  1%  16%
 Health Sciences  77  85
 Home Economics Education  97  97
 Library and Archival Sciences  92  90
 Pre-Law  6  53
 Mathematics  38  43
 Social Sciences and History  37  49

Why This Matters

Women bring different perspectives into the workplace, helps to break career stereotypes for women, helps improve diversity and gender equality.
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