Eurucamp - Programming Diversity

Eurucamp - Programming Diversity

It's been scientifically proven that more diverse communities and workplaces create better products and the solutions to difficult problems are more complete and diverse themselves. Companies are struggling to find adequate talent. So why do we see so few women, people of color, and LGBTQ people at our events and on the about pages of our websites? Even more curiously, why do 60% of women leave the tech industry within 10 years? Why are fewer women choosing to pursue computer science and related degrees than ever before? Why have stories of active discouragement, dismissal, harassment, or worse become regular news?

In this talk we’ll examine the causes behind the lack of diversity in our communities, events, and workplaces. We’ll discuss what we can do as community members, event organizers, and co-workers to not only combat this problem, but to encourage positive change by contributing to an atmosphere of inclusivity.


Ashe Dryden

August 17, 2013


  1. @ashedryden programming diversity

  2. @ashedryden

  3. @ashedryden ashe dryden @ashedryden

  4. @ashedryden what is diversity?

  5. @ashedryden more than gender

  6. @ashedryden various backgrounds, experiences, and lifestyles

  7. @ashedryden not always visible

  8. @ashedryden race gender sexuality ability language appearance physical & mental

    health age socioeconomic class and more!
  9. @ashedryden in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty the interactions of biological, social, and cultural traits

    contributing to systemic inequality
  10. @ashedryden race gender ability physical & mental health socioeconomic class

  11. @ashedryden in Germany, women earn 88% of what men do

    Source: Conference Board: Gender Income Gap
  12. @ashedryden but in Western Germany women earn 78% of what

    men do Source: 2013, Inequality-adjusted gender wage differentials in Germany
  13. @ashedryden the unemployment rate in the US is ~7.5% Source:

    High Rate of Unemployment for the Blind, http:/ /
  14. @ashedryden the unemployment rate for the blind is 70-75% Source:

    High Rate of Unemployment for the Blind, http:/ /
  15. @ashedryden priv·i·lege unearned advantages for a perceived trait, putting them

    in the “normal” or “default” group
  16. @ashedryden Better Education Access to Technology at an Earlier Age

    Higher Pay Assumed Competency Quality of Social/Professional Network Seen as Skill Set Instead of Traits Easily Fit Into/Identify with Subculture
  17. @ashedryden ster·e·o·type threat concern where a person has the potential

    to confirm a negative stereotype about their social group
  18. @ashedryden Source: xkcd, How it Works: http:/ /

  19. @ashedryden im·pos·tor syn·drome a psychological phenomenon in which people are

    unable to internalize their accomplishments
  20. @ashedryden this is especially pronounced when negative stereotypes exist about

    a group a person belongs to
  21. @ashedryden less likely to apply for certain jobs

  22. @ashedryden less likely to submit a talk to a conference

  23. @ashedryden less likely to attend a conference

  24. @ashedryden mar·gin·al·ized a minority or sub-group being excluded, their needs

    or desires ignored
  25. @ashedryden society teaches us to do this to everyone within

    marginalized groups
  26. @ashedryden “I’m different. I’m logical & rational; I don’t see

    gender or race.”
  27. @ashedryden Source: Moss-Racusin, et al. Science faculty’s subtle gender biases

    favor male students, 2012 scientists & STEM professors do this to each other
  28. @ashedryden even marginalized people do this to each other

  29. @ashedryden how diverse is the tech industry?

  30. @ashedryden Source: Mercury News. Blacks, Latinos, and Women lose ground

    in tech companies, 2011 Women Hispanic Black Asian White 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Tech Industry US Population
  31. @ashedryden women make up 24% of the industry Source: FLOSSPOLS

    - Gender Integrated Report Findings
  32. @ashedryden ...but only 3% of OSS contributors Source: FLOSSPOLS -

    Gender Integrated Report Findings
  33. @ashedryden lack of diversity is a global problem

  34. @ashedryden Germany 7% Source: Anita Borg Institute, State of Women

    in Technology Fields Around the World
  35. @ashedryden India 8% Source: Anita Borg Institute, State of Women

    in Technology Fields Around the World
  36. @ashedryden US 17% Source: Anita Borg Institute, State of Women

    in Technology Fields Around the World
  37. @ashedryden UK 18.2% Source: Anita Borg Institute, State of Women

    in Technology Fields Around the World
  38. @ashedryden France 20% Source: Anita Borg Institute, State of Women

    in Technology Fields Around the World
  39. @ashedryden Brazil 20% Source: Anita Borg Institute, State of Women

    in Technology Fields Around the World
  40. @ashedryden South Africa 25% Source: Anita Borg Institute, State of

    Women in Technology Fields Around the World
  41. @ashedryden “I think women just aren’t interested in programming.”

  42. @ashedryden first compiler & programming language

  43. @ashedryden “Well, women aren’t biologically predisposed to programming.”

  44. @ashedryden no physical or biological difference

  45. @ashedryden purely social and cultural constructs

  46. @ashedryden Bulgaria 73% Source: Anita Borg Institute, State of Women

    in Technology Fields Around the World
  47. @ashedryden diversity matters

  48. @ashedryden diversity matters to businesses

  49. @ashedryden sales revenue, number of customers, market share, and profits

    relative to competitors increase Source: Does Diversity Pay?, Cedric Herring, AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 2009, VOL. 74 (April:208–224)
  50. @ashedryden solve complex problems better and faster Source: Scott Page,

    The difference: How the power of diversity creates better groups, firms, schools, and societies. Princeton University Press, 2009
  51. @ashedryden more creative & stimulated Source: Charlan Jeanne Nemeth, Differential

    Contributions of Majority and Minority Influence.
  52. @ashedryden make better decisions, generate more innovation Source: Caroline Simard,

    Ph.D., Obstacles and Solutions for Underrepresented Minorities in Technology, at 8, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2009)
  53. @ashedryden financial success & viability

  54. @ashedryden diversity matters to society

  55. @ashedryden heal the issue of unequal pay and opportunity

  56. @ashedryden create class mobility

  57. @ashedryden the wage gap is smaller in STEM fields

  58. @ashedryden in tech, women earn about 87% of what men

  59. @ashedryden why the lack of diversity?

  60. @ashedryden pipeline

  61. @ashedryden cultural cues

  62. @ashedryden differences in toys and games for boys and girls

  63. @ashedryden no famous role models that represent them

  64. @ashedryden attraction

  65. @ashedryden lack of role models

  66. @ashedryden less likely to see people like them represented in

    companies and conferences
  67. @ashedryden geek stereotype

  68. @ashedryden people who don’t identify & aren’t represented by the

    geek stereotype are turned off by it those who do Source: Enduring Influence of Stereotypical Computer Science Role Models on Women’s Academic Aspirations, Cheryan 2012
  69. @ashedryden attrition

  70. @ashedryden 56% of women leave tech within 10 years Source:

    Athena Factor, Center for Work-Life Policy, 2008
  71. @ashedryden that’s twice the attrition rate of men

  72. @ashedryden harassment

  73. @ashedryden “but I’ve never seen someone get harassed.”

  74. @ashedryden people in a marginalized group are twice as likely

    to be harassed or mistreated
  75. @ashedryden discrimination

  76. @ashedryden pay, advancement, job offers

  77. @ashedryden men are 2.7 times more likely than women to

    be promoted to a high-ranking job Source: Mercury News 2010, http:/ /
  78. @ashedryden you’ve been promoted to my army

  79. @ashedryden change starts with us

  80. @ashedryden education is the trojan horse to empathy

  81. @ashedryden get to know people different than us

  82. @ashedryden bias & discrimination are often subtle

  83. @ashedryden learn to apologize

  84. @ashedryden talk about these issues openly

  85. @ashedryden “that’s not cool :(”

  86. @ashedryden influence change in our communities & workplaces

  87. @ashedryden change our workplaces

  88. @ashedryden what does the ‘about’ page of your website look

  89. @ashedryden culture

  90. @ashedryden vocal support

  91. @ashedryden job listing language and requirements

  92. @ashedryden benefits

  93. @ashedryden interviewing

  94. @ashedryden equal pay

  95. @ashedryden mentoring & career goal attainment

  96. @ashedryden what can we accomplish together?

  97. @ashedryden thanks! @ashedryden