Gender diversity is good for business, however, research carried out by Bob Hayes Ph.D. suggests that women only make up 26% of Data professionals, with the majority of them employed in development roles. How can we improve gender diversity in data, and more specifically in Data science?
To improve the representation of women in the data science field, researchers feel we need to address cultural factors. In a US Gallup-Google poll conducted in late 2014, researchers found that computer science (an important skill area in data science) is viewed as a male field by students (grades 7 – 12), parents and teachers. Additionally, all three constituencies think that girls are less interested in computer science than boys. Finally, girls, relative to boys, lacked the confidence that they can learn computer science.