Gender Bias in the Coding Community

While I’m trying to learn more about the coding community around me, I just saw a research paper about the GitHub community that clearly shows biases against women:
• Biases against women in the workplace have been documented in a variety of studies. This paper presents the largest study to date on gender bias, where we compare acceptance rates of contributions from men versus women in an open source software community. Surprisingly, our results show that women’s contributions tend to be accepted more often than men’s. However, when a woman’s gender is identifiable, they are rejected more often. Our results suggest that although women on GitHub may be more competent overall, bias against them exists nonetheless.

The story has been picked up by CNN and BBC News.

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