Coding Schools Are the New Frontiers for Women in Tech

The future of transforming gender disparity in the tech world lies in the hands of coding bootcamp, reports Fast Company.

There is a less of a gender imbalance in coding schools than in computer science programs and tech companies across the country, according to the report.

Women make up only 29 percent of all employees at the country's most prominent U.S. technology companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, Intel, and Microsoft.

Even more startling is the fact that technical workers makeup only 10 percent of women at Twitter and 16 percent at Facebook.

However, coding schools seem to be the one landscape in tech that isn't completely male-dominated.

Also known as "coding bootcamps," these schools are responsible for introducing novice students to the basics of programming skills.

So, how are these schools outranking top tech enterprises and computer programming programs in their recruitments for gender diversity?

The article points to more inclusive admissions processes that focus less on degrees and standardized testings, and more so on ability as one of the main reasons.

"Bootcamps offer more of a meritocracy, and that attracts people of all kinds," said Diane Hessan, the CEO of the Startup Institute, an eight-week program in Boston where 41 percent of past graduates have been women.

While some coding schools are pushing to increase not only gender diversity but also racial diversity, many have yet to open up the spectrum to all those underrepresented in the tech world.

A survey by Course Report found that just 1 percent of coding-camp graduates are black (18 percent identified as Asian-American, 63 percent as white, and 17 percent as "other”).

These numbers are comparable to those at Google, Facebook, and Twitter but worse than underrepresentation at Amazon, Apple, and intel.

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