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Why don’t more women code?

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Why don’t more women code?


Significantly more men than women become ICT specialists, and this gap persists across countries. Differences in young men and women’s education in science, technology, engineering (including ICT fields), and mathematics (STEM); aspirations for jobs in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector; and ICT skills are well demonstrated. New data from the OECD Going Digital Toolkit confirms that these gender gaps persist later in life. Across OECD countries, the percentage of men working as ICT specialists 1 is three to eight times higher than the percentage of women working in such positions .

Economies with the highest share of ICT specialists in the total workforce, such as Israel, Sweden and Finland, have among the highest proportion of female ICT specialists. However, even these countries show a persistent and significant gap: 3% to 4% of women occupy those positions compared to 11% of men. Overall, women represent between 9% (the Czech Republic) and 24% (Israel) of ICT specialists in countries for which data is available.


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