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Women engineers trace tech gender gap to childhood


Silicon Valley companies portray themselves as inventors of the future, but they’re afflicted by a longstanding problem, the Associated Press reports. From board rooms to “brogrammers,” men still dominate many corners of the tech industry, where the pantheon of famous founders — from Hewlett and Packard to Jobs to Zuckerberg — is still a boys’ bastion. The gender-imbalance issue came to the forefront again recently when a partner at the country’s most prominent venture capital firm filed a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging a former colleague retaliated against her for years after she cut off a brief relationship with him. The firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has denied the allegations. Whatever the merits of the claim, the suit again has put a spotlight on the tech industry’s gender gap. To Jocelyn Goldfein, a director of engineering at Facebook, the math is stark. Less than 20 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in computer science go to women, according to federal statistics. By comparison, nearly 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees are awarded to graduating females…

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