Despite there having been a while since the motion to allow women to vote has passed, we are still surrounded by gender inequality. According to various studies, these inequalities are present in pretty much any industry and endeavor. Most recently, a research from Carolina showed that despite women being better coders the gender gap still applies.
Women and coding
The study in question is titled “Gender Bias in Open Source: Pull Request Acceptance of Women Versus Men” and it analyzes the coding ability and the level of acceptance of both genders while on the coding website GitHub.
The conclusion was quite interesting, claiming that women get higher acceptance rates, but only if their gender is kept hidden. There are multiple reasons for this, although the study did not go into the motives, but only analyzed the situation.
However, the study is still awaiting peer approval, meaning that other fellow scientists haven’t yet verified its accuracy or its validity.
The GitHub study
For the study, the team composed of members from the computer science departments of the North Carolina State University and the California Polytechnic State University analyzed the entries of 1.4 million users that logged into GitHub on the first of April of last year.
By asking for permission from Google, the team used the data to see the study participants’ genders, which they were able to do in most cases. This was deduced either from their usernames, their profiles, or via social media.
When the genders were unknown, women showed an acceptance rating of 78.6%, while men showed one of 74.6%. When the genders were revealed, however, the acceptance rates stood at 64.4%, while those of men stood at 62.7%.
With this, plus a little bit of more data, such as insider (authorized owners and collaborators) and outsider (other users) preference rates, the team managed to ascertain that despite women getting more accepted codes than men, they also had a larger drop when their gender was revealed.
Even more interesting is the fact that the highest percentage of rejected females when their genders were revealed was in fact rejected by other women. This suggests that women tend to be more critical of one another, regardless of reasons.
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