Facebook’s gender bias goes so deep it’s in the code
Female software engineers found their work was rejected 35 percent more than male engineers, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
A hurricane has been brewing at Facebook.
After years of suspicion, a veteran female Facebook engineer decided to evaluate what if any gaps there were in how female and male engineers’ work was treated.
She did it “so that we can have an insight into how the review process impacts people in various groups,” the Wall Street Journal learned exclusively.
Her analysis, conducted in September, found that female engineers’ work was rejected 35 percent more than their male counterparts based on five years of open code-review data. Women also waited 3.9 percent longer to have their code accepted and got 8.2 percent more questions and comments about their work.
Only 13 percent of Facebook’s engineers are women, 17 percent across all tech roles.
So how do we rule out the idea that the women’s code was worse?
Ah, guess what, that hasn’t even been considered. Odd that, eh?