In the latest cryptocurrency news, we are showing an analysis submitted to GitHub which shows that only 5% of the crypto developers are women. Microsoft’s code-sharing site has received an analysis in which the results are not scientific – in fact, they assumed a coder’s gender based on their username without actual verification on whether the user was male or female.
However, the results of the survey show that there is no gender balance in the crypto developers world – and that the trend of the tech industry being male-dominated is still a thing. According to the journalist Corin Faife who is featured in the altcoin news for this analysis posted on Medium, only 4.6% of “female” names were used for the blockchain projects where coders were needed.
The journalist used the criteria to draw conclusions about the gender disparity in the crypto industry, stating:
“I scraped data on 1,026,804 code commits across 100 projects. Of these, 691,134 were made by developers with male-identified names, and only 47,678 were made by people with female-identified names.”
He went on to clarify the number of female crypto developers based on their usernames, stating:
“In total, GitHub users with female names account for less than 5% of the commits to the top 100 cryptocurrency projects — 4.64% to be exact.”
There is a debate about why there are so few female coders in crypto. According to some, it is because women are being discriminated against – and others believe that it is more subtle in that women find the male oriented tech industry simply uninviting.
“Women are more likely than men to encounter language or content that makes them feel unwelcome (25% vs. 15%) as well as stereotyping (12% vs. 2%) and unsolicited sexual advances (6% vs. 3%),” GitHub’s research notes.
The crypto industry is full of male crypto developers. Still, as cryptocurrencies become more mainstream, more women are entering the field. Another Google Analytics survey proved this, stating that men comprise 90.9% of the entire Bitcoin community while women make up only 9.91%.
All in all, there is a big interest in the crypto developers world – and women are expected to step in with greater share of the pie in the future.
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