The ugly underbelly of coder culture
By now, it should surprise no one to hear that software development is a bit of a boys' club. We've all read editorials bemoaning the lack of women in tech.
The easy explanation is that programming appeals more to a male mind-set. But while it's easy, it's also cheap. Things aren't nearly so simple.
Some say the problem is our education system. Schools and colleges should be doing more to encourage girls and young women to explore computing. Right now that's not happening. Overall enrollment in university computer science programs is up 10 percent from last year, but enrollment among women is down. Others say companies should provide the encouragement. Some companies already are; Etsy, for example, is offering $50,000 in grants to send women to its Hacker School training program in New York City this summer.
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