Even though so many gender barriers are tumbling – at elite universities, where women now outnumber men, or running for presidency in the US, where polls show that fewer people think gender makes a difference – some areas still appear to be lagging behind, as is the case with digital coding.
Only 27 per cent of those working in Britain’s digital industries are women. Worse still, when it comes to those who work with code at the coalface of the modern industrial revolution, the number of women is a mere 4 per cent.
Women who enter a field that is dominated by men often say they love the work and want to fit in, but still cannot help feeling like outsiders. This would seem to hold true for many of the women who work as coders, who report being uncomfortable speaking up about the issue and the lack of respect, which often gets swept under the rug in the workplace – they just want to code and make software, not put their head above the parapet.