Just one remark here, there is (at least in my city) one woman programmer per 10 men programmers. I suspect that this might be a part of the reason why there are less woman PRs than mans PRs, if we were equal in number (and should be) this study would be relevant, but right now I don't think that it represents the correct situation fully.
Also, the differences here was -4.1% for all female pull requests, -3% for identifiable female pull requests, and +5% for non-identifiable female pull requests.
Those are pretty small differences.
I suspect that if you compared two subsets of the data with some obviously irrelevant characteristic such as men with beards and men without beards, you'd find the same statistical fluctuations.
If we were studying particle physics this large an effect would be relevant, but people are more complex than particles. A 3, 4, or 5% variation in behavior could be a mostly random chance.
Opinion polls are taken with samples of 1000 people usually have margins of error of about the same magnitude as the "bias" found in this study.
Hi Darkø, fair point.
But I think there is valid data in there: 58% of acceptance rate if you are easily detectable as a woman, against 70% of women with gender neutral profiles. That's outside the range of error.
One study is not enough to make an iron clad case but if you measure it against women's experience (just talk to them) you'll notice a pattern of their gender being a factor in perception.
And it seems to be happening also to trans men:
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@davidfrum I’m a trans male and have been on the workforce as both genders. I can say, without a doubt, that the shit women go thru is real. The way I’m treated as a male is vastly different. People don’t ignore my suggestions like they did, I’m not seen as being pushy or bitchy for being
14:23 PM - 06 Nov 2018
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@davidfrum direct. People don’t immediately assume I can’t do the job and explain it to me in excruciatingly slow and insulting detail. I’m still the same person, all that changed was having a beard. We must do better for women. There should be no double standard bullshit like this.
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I know, a few cases don't make a fool proof opinion, but if you check dev.to/t/shecoded you'll quickly notice a pattern of women being judged as less worthy "just because"
So you'd trust an anecdote over real data and studies?
The lack of empathy inherent in "I haven't personally experienced ______ so it doesn't exist" is deeply upsetting, really.
Well the article implies the author learned all this stuff through experience. It isn't titled "Things I read about in reports about the IT industry"
Also I said I have not heard of ONE case of this happening outside of "studies". Even one.
So again: if it didn't happen to you personally, it doesn't happen to anyone. Makes sense.
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