By CCN Markets: Less than 5% of crypto developers are women, according to an informal analysis of the 100 most popular blockchain projects submitted to GitHub, Microsoft‘s code-sharing site. The results are not scientific considering it assumed a coder’s gender based solely on their user name. Moreover, there was no verification of whether the user was actually male or female.
However, the results are not surprising considering the tech industry has historically been male-dominated.
Analyst: 95% of Crypto Developers Are Men
Journalist Corin Faife posted his analysis on Medium. Faife found that only 4.6% of “female” names were used for the various blockchain projects. He then used that criterion to draw conclusions about the massive gender divide in the crypto industry.
“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.”
“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.”
2017 Study Found Similar Gender Divide
Faife’s findings mirrored the results of a larger, more-formal survey conducted by GitHub in 2017. That study found that out of 5,500 open-source developers, a whopping 95% of contributors were male .
Naturally, there’s a debate about why there are so few female coders in crypto. Some argue that it’s because women are being discriminated against.
Others say it’s more subtle in that women find the male-oriented tech industry uninviting. According to GitHub’s research:
“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%).”
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