Improving Gender Diversity in Data Science

Results of a survey of data professionals show that about 1 out of 4 data scientists are women. Both women and men have similar levels of education and proficiency in data science skills. Ways of improving gender diversity in the field of data science are offered.Having a gender-diverse workforce is good for business. In 2014, Gallup found that more gender diverse business units outperform their less gender diverse counterparts with respect to revenue and net profits. Also, McKinsey reports that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely to outperform companies in the bottom quartile. Figure 1. US Labor Force Statistics for Selected Occupations There is a wide variability in female representation across different occupations. As you can see in Figure 1, while women make up about half of the medical…

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