This Hilarious Video Highlights Gender Imbalance In Tech Jobs

I learned something new today. Girls have boobs and periods, and both can get in the way of coding. If you have no idea what I’m talking about you must immediately check out this gem.

While cheeky and laugh-inducing, the video, which gives the most ridiculous reasons (i.e. long eyelashes and ovulation) that women aren’t more integrated in the technology industry, was made to highlight a real issue: the lack of women in top posts at top tech firms.

According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, only 25 percent of professional computing jobs in The U.S. were held by women in 2015. Three percent of those were African American, five percent Asian and only one percent was held by Hispanic women. As a Latina woman myself, this is not news I enjoy hearing.

Last year, The Huffington Post reported that even the the most modern tech companies were being affected by the gender disparity. At Google, despite women representing 30 percent of the workforce, only 17 percent in the technology field. Meanwhile, Facebook has 15 percent women with tech roles, and for Twitter it’s 10 percent.

“There’s evidence that by first grade, most kids already associate math with boys,”  women’s rights activist, Christianne Corbett told The Huffington Post. “This is just a belief most of us have. It’s a reflection more of our culture than anything individual.”

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But there is some good news! Fortune reports that women are launching businesses at 1.5 times the national average, making the fairer sex the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in America. Hell yeah!

Initiatives like Women in Technology’s annual Leadership Award, which celebrates women making strides in the industry, and Loréal’s Women in Digital, which helps mentor and promote who men doing awesome things in the tech world (i.e. making apps that create dimensional marketing objects in a store, people!), are springing up everywhere. Clearly there’s more ground to be covered, but we are getting there.

What do you think of the gender disparity in technology? Maybe it’s time to give our daughters dollies AND legos?

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