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What prevents Finnish women from applying to software engineering roles? A preliminary analysis of survey data

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Publication Details
Authors: Wolff Annika, Knutas Antti, Savolainen Paula
Publisher: IEEE
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: International Conference on Software Engineering
Title of parent publication: ICSE-SEET '20: Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering Education and Training
Journal acronym: ICSE
Start page: 93
End page: 102
Number of pages: 10
ISBN: 978-1-4503-7124-7
ISSN: 0270-5257
eISSN: 1558-1225
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2002.01840.pdf


Finland is considered a country with a good track record in gender
equality. Whilst statistics support the notion that Finland is
performing well compared to many other countries in terms of workplace
equality, there are still many areas for improvement. This paper focuses
on the problems that some women face in obtaining software engineering
roles. We report a preliminary analysis of survey data from 252
respondents. These are mainly women who have shown an interest in
gaining programming roles by joining the Mimmit koodaa initiative, which
aims to increase equality and diversity within the software industry.
The survey sought to understand what early experiences may influence
later career choices and feelings of efficacy and confidence needed to
pursue technology-related careers. These initial findings reveal that
women's feelings of computing self-efficacy and attitudes towards
software engineering are shaped by early experiences. More negative
experiences decrease the likelihood of working in software engineering
roles in the future, despite expressing an interest in the field.

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