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Macho culture seen putting women off data science jobs

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female students are put off by combative recruiting events like coding contests and hackathons, found consulting firm Boston Consulting Group.

So consulting firm wants to take some of the merit based systems out of team building to increase diversification. Yeah, that's a pretty bad move there. Why not keep reaching everyone younger, yes everyone, encouraging the competitive spirit of life.

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Macho culture? In science? Macho as in 'masculine in an overly assertive or aggressive way' or 'a man who is aggressively proud of his masculinity'? A macho culture that is so assertive, so aggressive, so masculine in a bad way that it's putting off huge numbers of women from entering the field who otherwise might have been interested?

I really doubt it.

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The first computer programmer was a female scientist.

This doesn't make any sense.

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Sorry, I have a hard time putting the word "macho" together with a career field that conjures up images of nerdy-looking guys in dweeby shirts and ties and thick glasses.

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Lol, geeks are easily swayed by feminine wiles

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Sorry, I have a hard time putting the word "macho" together with a career field that conjures up images of nerdy-looking guys in dweeby shirts and ties and thick glasses.

LOL. Good point. Science doesnt seem so "macho", compared to most industries. Maybe the image I have of Sheldon and his little Jewish sidekick is just a stereotype?

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Lol, 1992 called and wants it's headline back. We don't take this kind of thing seriously any more... Do we?

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These these comments are precisely why there's a problem.

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Enough of the this BS already!! There is NOTHING standing in women's way!!

The main reason women are not present is they HAVE NO interest in these jobs!  Hell neither do I & I am male!

Almost every paragraph is trumped up crap!

This woke nonsense needs to disappear this will NOT help women, it will do the opposite.

Meanwhile I am waiting for the companion article about the low levels of female participation in ditch digging & other manual labour sectors...…….somehow I think I will be waiting for a very long time....wonder why....be honest ladies tell us why you show no interest in doing manual labour or anything outside a cushy office environment...….I know there are a few of you out there(& I thank you) but SURELY there needs to be more participation, the female point of view etc etc...…...how about it....

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About as many women are interested in computer science as there are men interested in nail art salons.

Some fields just attract different people.

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About as many women are interested in computer science as there are men interested in nail art salons.

No, a lot more women are interested in tech. I say this as a guy in tech.

Some fields just attract different people.

This I agree with. I hope people aren't thinking we're going to somehow be able to tweak the system to end up with a 50/50 breakdown of men:women in tech.

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@Strangerland

You’d be surprised how many men are interested in nail art on both the supply and demand sides.

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You’d be surprised how many men are interested in nail art on both the supply and demand sides.

Not as surprised as you think - I dated a nailist for a number of years.

Some men are into it. But very, very few.

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Then she would know that nail salons that cater to male hosts, goths, visual-Kei, and cosplayers is a niche market where the demand hugely outweighs the supply.

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Ok... your point being?

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My point being that there are men interested in industries that are female dominated and vice-versa.

These industries however, will not change overnight for a minority unless its profitable.

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It's not the Macho culture, but the Japanese Work Culture. I am amazed to still see Women making tea and doing Secretarial like tasks for their Bosses or even Peers. One has to wonder if it's their fault for accepting that role and whether they should simply say "Not my Job mate!" now and then.

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Food for thought:

https://www.kdnuggets.com/2018/04/why-data-scientists-leaving-jobs.html

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Food for thought:

https://www.kdnuggets.com/2018/04/why-data-scientists-leaving-jobs.html

Seems like a pretty miserable existence, maybe women are being sensible in not applying

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Just an excuse for not wanting to study a subject that requires months of studying science and maths.

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"Many workplaces have been designed by men for men," said Zimmerman

Because women still expect men to be the bread-winners.

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