You don’t need to be a social scientist to know there is a gender diversity problem in technology. The tech industry in Silicon Valleyand across the nation is overwhelmingly male-dominated.
That isn’t to say there aren’t women working at tech firms.Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo! andSheryl Sandbergof Facebook have raised the profile of women at high tech firms. But those prominent exceptions do not accurately portray who makes up theengineeringranks at those and other tech companies.
Visit Silicon Valley and you will hear many people talk about the need to increase the number of female hackers. The conventional wisdom about why there are so few women coders usually points a finger at disparities in the talent pool, which is linked to disparities intech education. In fact, starting as early as adolescence, girls and boys often choose different academic paths. When the time comes for young people to elect to go into engineering school, serious gender disparities become visible.