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We currently have 3 female software engineers on our team now. Two year's ago, it was zero.
Give it time.
EDIT: it also has to do with company hiring procedures and practice. Our company now tries to hire as diverse as possible, while hiring quality talent. A lot of companies have been doing this for years now, but some were/are a little slow on the up take.
During my career, I never found it to be an issue. In 1981, when I joined the company where I worked for over 20 years, it looked like a meeting of the UN. There were a reasonable number of women, probably at least to the extent that there were women graduates in Computer Science or Engineering. Hiring talent was always a challenge, so it would have been stupid to discriminate for irrelevant reasons. There were probably managers who did discriminate, but I never heard anyone suggest that doing so was sensible.
Our company now tries to hire as diverse as possible,
I have never understood why people are so obsessed with skin color and diversity. Just hire the best candidate, period. I can't even begin to imagine having several people that are equally qualified and then deciding who to make the offer to simply based on their race or gender.
I have never understood why people are so obsessed with skin color and diversity.
Because people that don't work as hard to achieve a skill still feel like they're owed something by the rest of society. (And this viewpoint exists in all races and both genders). Furthermore, this viewpoint is taught and fostered by the modern American school system. Everybody wins a trophy, regardless of how well they actually do at something, so they go through life *expecting* to be treated equally (in terms of potential job suitability) when they're not actually equal. At some point, equality and skill set diverges into separate paths. Anyone can sweep standing water off a sidewalk, but not everyone can be a programmer, or even a grocery clerk.
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If everybody did that, then there wouldn't be a problem.
The problems start when the people doing the hiring believe that the "best candidate" is always one particular gender / skin colour / etc. When that's commonplace, laws have to be introduced to force them to introduce more diversity into their hiring process.
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