The early history of computer science is full of contributions made by women, from Ada Lovelace to Grace Hopper. But workers in IT today are overwhelmingly male: one source estimates that less than 20% of tech workers in the USA are female. By means of comparison, 38% of lawyers in the US are female, while 60% of American physicians under the age of 35 are female.
The gender disparity in tech is obvious. And given the industry’s low unemployment rates and talent shortage, this disparity is not just embarrassing, it is detrimental to growth and sustainability. So while schools attempt to enroll more girls into STEM programs, and HR departments develop new policies to promote diversity, what can we do as individuals to get rid of this gender gap?
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