Why Do We Need More Women In Coding?
In this blog we will discuss the following:-
- Why Women Will Be Great At Coding?
- Women Are More Detail-Oriented Than Men
- Women Have A Different Thinking Process
- More Diversity More Creativity
- What The Research Says
The reason we should encourage females to code isn't only about feminism or equality; it's also about fairness and a "level playing field," as well as breaking down glass ceilings and satisfying quotas. It's significantly more crucial than that. It is about resolving difficulties for the sake of our planet's future.
Talking about the 'female' or 'male' mind is tricky – thus perhaps it is not that there are two opposing gender-based possibilities, but rather a wide picture of the diversity of thought across individuals. We use 'left brain' and 'right brain' methods of thinking, similar to how we use 'left brain' and 'right brain' ways of thinking. It is the combination of this variety, supported by inclusion, that leads to the ability to solve challenges in unexpected and novel ways.
The statistics are shocking: women account for fewer than 25% of the STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) workforce in the United States. According to data from the US National Science Foundation, the number of women graduating with a degree in computer science actually decreased between 2006 and 2014.
Engagement in the life and social sciences is increasing, and participation in the physical sciences is improving, but the numbers are still not reflective of the whole population. The number of employment in STEM disciplines is growing, and these occupations pay well because STEM professions are critical to enjoying the benefits of 4IR, such as increased healthcare, access to education, and greater living standards. However, STEM professions are also critical for coping with the revolution's potential drawbacks, such as climate change, cyber warfare, and employment sector reorientation, to mention a few. As a result, it is critical that women realize the advantages and participate in developing solutions. Women and girls participate in STEM professions at lower percentages for a variety of reasons, including a lack of support, deliberate discouragement, a lack of role models, negative peer pressure, and harassment. According to research, it is not a matter of talent.
What is the significance of women's underrepresentation? According to research, diversified teams outperform homogeneous groups. Individuals of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences contribute unique viewpoints that can lead to novel solutions. Given the changes brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), we can't afford to have everyone on board.
Women programmers from all around the world are being sought. We require your assistance in programming! With you onboard, the path of programming becomes more fascinating and enjoyable. Many occupations in STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have become available to women in recent decades. But something is preventing them from moving forward. The "pipeline issue" exists. Not only are there fewer women than males in these roles; there are less than there should be at any one moment due to a reduction in interest in programming careers.
When it comes to problem-solving, women, in general, have a distinct viewpoint and technique. And, technically, coding is a type of problem-solving. In addition, women make up the majority of online users and even internet shoppers, thus it stands to reason that women would have a particular perspective on what might be deemed "intuitive." One of the primary reasons for the need for more female programmers is that, on average, female end users outnumber male end users. And, while I'm going perilously close to a stand-up routine from the early 1990s, it's not guys who know what women want best. But, in all seriousness, as technology occupations grow more prevalent and in demand, there appears to be a similar trend, as with other mature sectors in the past: a lack of, and a need for, more women to participate. According to research, women desire to make a difference in the world.
Why Women Will Be Great At Coding
Gender equality is a key issue in the business world, as women continue to be substantially underrepresented in the corporate pipeline. Despite an abundance of studies demonstrating that having more women in the C-suite makes firms more successful, most organizations still maintain a gender gap. Diversity and inclusion cannot be achieved with a one-time effort; rather, they are causes that must be nurtured, sustained, and fostered over time.
Information technology is one of the fastest-growing Indian industries, and technological innovation will play a critical role in practically every aspect of our country's economy. According to Accenture statistics, there are more computer science jobs than graduates available to fill them, and the number of women in India is increasing. Unless we take action now, the computer workforce will decline over the next ten years.
Women Are More Detail-Oriented Than Men
Female programmers may code carefully, and they are sometimes more conscientious than male programmers. The aptitude of women to pay attention to details can boost team productivity, efficiency, and performance. According to a World Economic Forum publication, women work around 10% harder than males. It might be the additional time they devote to details. Another article in Harvard Business Review mentions how women have a natural tendency to be detail-oriented, which may be a strength in the job. The main reason for this is that women are better at spotting patterns than males because their brains are trained to perceive them better, which means they pick up on mistakes sooner and spot abnormalities before they occur. This may be a major benefit in programming because software engineers must be extremely vigilant in order to avoid mistakes.
Women Have A Different Thinking Process
Interacting with a diverse team, by definition, requires individuals to better prepare and anticipate other points of view. Individuals expect differences in viewpoint and perspective when women are present, and they think that they will need to work harder to reach an agreement. That type of pressure can be beneficial to all of us. Men and women perceive things differently and bring various perspectives to the table. This allows for improved issue resolution, which can enhance business unit performance. Consider all of the purchasing power you will be able to access by bringing together a diverse range of genders, cultures, and nationalities. Even better, if your firm is known for having a more diverse staff, you will have an exceptionally effective recruitment weapon at your disposal.
Women have reasonably great communication skills, and communication may play an important part in requirements engineering, customer communication, training, planning, brainstorming, discussion, and so on. Women also tend to work more cooperatively and easily share knowledge with others than males, which is a significant advantage in today's environment. We must make gender diversity a corporate priority in order to help a firm reach its full potential. Obstacles in the form of economic, cultural, organizational, and policy influences both men's and women's choices and possibilities.
It is advisable that all executives identify business divisions that are currently less diverse and design a complete recruiting plan that does not compromise merit by creating inclusive targets and making all managers accountable for diversity and inclusion. Finally, we need more women eager to take on leadership roles, men prepared to take on additional domestic responsibilities, and companies willing to embrace a more flexible workplace. We live in a deeply linked and global society, and companies/institutions that are more diversified will perform better. But, in my experience, time will not eliminate the existing female leadership gap; only bold action can, and we must all buy in.
More Diversity More Creativity
It doesn't matter if it's about ethics, origin, or gender diversity; it all contributes to increased creativity. According to research, women are more likely to bring a fresh viewpoint and offer value to a team. It might be a novel way to develop a feature, code structure, task separation, or brainstorming. Both genders can benefit from each other's skills and shortcomings, allowing them to accomplish something that neither could do on their own. When it comes to issue solving, women, in general, have a distinct viewpoint and technique. And, technically, coding is a type of problem-solving. In addition, women make up the majority of online users and even internet shoppers, thus it stands to reason that women would have a particular perspective on what might be deemed "intuitive." One of the primary reasons for the need for more female programmers is that, on average, female end users outnumber male end users. And, while I'm going perilously close to a stand-up routine from the early 1990s, it's not guys who know what women want best.
High-gender-diversity firms outperform their counterparts in terms of returns, and they have outperformed less diverse companies on average over the last five years. Companies that not only employ but also retain more women naturally have a competitive edge, which benefits all stakeholders. The research was undertaken by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the Technical University of Munich to better understand the link between diversity and management. According to the findings, increasing the diversity of leadership teams leads to more and better innovation as well as increased financial performance in both emerging and established nations. According to the survey, the organizations with the most gender diversity (those with 8 out of every 20 managers being female) produced around 34% of their income from new goods and services in the most recent three-year period.
What The Research Says
According to studies, women desire to make a difference in the world. The American Association of University Women, for example, performed a survey that discovered that women place higher importance on occupations that entail aiding and working with others. Harvey Mudd College in California put this into reality by developing computer science and engineering courses that emphasized teamwork and problem-solving. It worked; the college now boasts a majority-women engineering and computer science faculty. Dartmouth College has achieved comparable success with an engineering program that emphasizes problem-solving, cooperation, and student assistance. Historically, the emphasis of entry-level science, math, and engineering courses on 'weeding out' students drove away women; now, we must focus on how to accommodate everyone.
More female talent is needed in the tech business, as is more talent in general. It also makes little sense to draw from barely half of the available talent pool (or is it 49 percent?). As previously said, the majority of people who start coding at a young age and consider it as a potential long-term job are men. Not because of a purposeful attempt to keep girls out, but rather because of a lack of a concerted push to bring girls in. More women becoming developers can only improve the economy and, by extension, society. Because the employment market is a classic indicator of how a society is prospering (or not), more women in programming roles equals more jobs being filled in an industry that needs them filled, which equals a stronger overall economic status.
Because history has a peculiar tendency to repeat itself, it is relatively inevitable that more and more women would become enamored with the creative process that is web and computer programming over time. While it may not be obvious to the layperson, coding is a technical art form. And every art benefits from different and unique points of view. As it stands, the male to female programmer ratio is still skewed, although it is less so than in previous years. And the IT business has benefited greatly from this shift in vision and talent. For all of these reasons, this tendency should be encouraged to continue.
Women programmers from all around the world are being sought. We require your assistance in programming! With you onboard, the path of programming becomes more fascinating and enjoyable. Many occupations in STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have become available to women in recent decades. But something is preventing them from moving forward. The "pipeline issue" exists. Not only are there fewer women than males in these roles; there are fewer than there should be at any one moment due to a reduction in interest in programming careers.
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