It will be difficult, but not impossible to get more women in tech. I’m very hopeful about the prospects.
Big tech companies are pushing hard to get the word out about their efforts to be more inclusive for women, people of color, and other minority groups.
We recently covered Google’s latest efforts to get women involved in tech, including sending “at least one person each” to upcoming tech conferences via a new scholarship program and committing $50 million over three years to a massive new initiative to get girls into coding.
These are only early efforts. The demographic imbalance in the tech industry is so embedded in its culture that it will likely take years for the initiatives to propagate into wider network effects. The actual interactions between people who’ve been affected by these initiatives is what will lead to more women earning technical degrees and a decline in the rampant “dude-bro” mentality at industry events.
Until that happens, things are going to be awkward. As Google CodeJam Project Manager Emily Miller…
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