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Why Aren’t There More Women Programmers

Why aren’t there more women programmers? Because many women don’t feel like they can do it. Therefore they don’t try it, or don’t persevere. These sources of self-efficacy explain why women (in aggregate) are less likely to program than men.

[ via Jessica Kerr ]

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  • Erin Rasmussen
    August 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    No, this is not why there aren’t more women programmers. There are lots of women that start programming, and are very bright, and motivated to learn. There is a myth that women can’t code, so they don’t get hired, don’t get promoted, and don’t get the respect and mentoring opportunities they need to do well. Thankfully, this may be changing, slowly, and there are some great groups encouraging women in tech. I think we can get a lot more of out saying, “These are some great women that code” than we will repeating the same tired myths about women in programming.

  • Sarah R
    August 27, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I agree 100% with Erin. I was lucky that I started off with a male mentor who pushed me towards coding and taught me almost everything I know about it. But then I switched jobs and it went downhill quickly after that. Besides the hostility and boys club mentality I had to endure for 6 years, I found that programming became boring. The only challenge was learning how. After that I had to learn a new programming language almost every year, but there was no challenge in it. That’s what turned me off and made me move to UX which has after 10 years never lost its challenge.