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Rails Girls: Not Only for Girls - RubyKaigi 2014

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RailsGirls is an activity to introduce Ruby and Rails to women, ranging from beginners to programmers familiar with other languages. This presentation shows the current situation of women in engineering, and then introduce activities to improve the situation, including Rails Girls. The speaker contributed Rails Girls Tokyo.

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Rails Girls: Not Only for Girls - RubyKaigi 2014

  1. 1. Rails Girls: Not only for Girls RUBYKAIGI 2014, 19 SEPTEMBER 2014 HARUKA IWAO
  2. 2. Who am I?  Haruka Iwao (@Yuryu)  Solutions Architect at Red Hat  Interests  Distributed Storage  Operating Systems
  3. 3. Part 1 - Gender Diversity
  4. 4. Do you know what this graph shows? 0 60 Men Women
  5. 5. Number of Speakers at RubyKaigi 2013 0 60 Men Women Data from http://rubykaigi.org/2013/speakers
  6. 6. World Population, 2010 3.5B 3.4B Men Women http://www.geohive.com/earth/pop_gender.aspx
  7. 7. Where does this difference come from? RubyKaigi 2013 0 60 Men Women World Pop. 2010 3.5B 3.4B Men Women
  8. 8. Women Speakers Rate 0.0% 2.0% 5.2% 11.1% 9.9% 6.8% 7.2% 0.0% 4.7% N/A 34.7% 9.5% 40.0% 35.0% 30.0% 25.0% 20.0% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0% 0.0% RubyKaigi PyCon JP LinuxCon JP RubyConf PyCon US LinuxCon NA 2013 2014 Estimated by names and photos of the speakers
  9. 9. At Tech Companies https://gigaom.com/2014/08/21/eight-charts-that-put-tech-companies-diversity-stats-into-perspective/
  10. 10. How about students? http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/09/female-graduation-rates
  11. 11. Two questions arise  Why do women choose other fields than computer science?  Why do we have fewer women engineers compared to graduates?
  12. 12. Why do women choose other fields than computer science?
  13. 13. “Be a good girl”  Girlish and boyish thingy  Playing with dolls  Railfan (Railway enthusiast)  Sewing / Needlework  Driving  Study / Research  Search with Google Images and you will see
  14. 14. Scientist
  15. 15. Florist
  16. 16. Computer programmer
  17. 17. Housekeeper
  18. 18. CEO
  19. 19. Executive secretary
  20. 20. Video – Always #LikeAGirl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs
  21. 21. Gender gap still exists  These search results are from 2014  not from the 20th century  The gap comes from our culture  We need to change, respecting our culture
  22. 22. Why do we have fewer women engineers compared to graduates?
  23. 23. Question  Do you take into account candidates’ gender when deciding hire or no hire?  Do you ask candidates to submit resume with their gender written?
  24. 24. JIS Resume format JIS = Japan Industrial Standard
  25. 25. JIS resume requires… Birthday(YYMMDD), Age Gender (M/F) Photo
  26. 26. JIS resume requires more… Number of dependent family members Martial status (Married / Not married) Does your spouse need to be covered by your health plan / pension / etc? (in other words, does your spouse work fulltime?)
  27. 27. Resume and gender  Most Japanese companies use the JIS resume format  collecting gender, martial status, etc  Web entry forms, recruiting agency referring papers also require gender  Why?  Because they use such information  Google “女性面接質問”
  28. 28. At RubyKaigi 2013
  29. 29. http://peterevjan.com/posts/rubykaigi-2013-great-conference-but-i-probably-wouldnt-go-next-year-if-i-was-a-woman/
  30. 30. http://blog.rubykaigi.org/post/52064582345/we-apologize
  31. 31. So what can we do?
  32. 32. At work  Ask candidates not to write gender  Or ask HR to hide it  Consider interview questions  Respect everyone as individual professionals
  33. 33. Make our community fair  No discriminations or harassments  We attend conferences because  It is interesting and fun  Proposal is accepted We want to learn  Not because  Someone is beautiful or kawaii
  34. 34. Join local activities  Rails Girls is looking for  Sponsors  Volunteers(coaches, organizers, staff)  Participants  Encourage your colleague or children to join  Contact me or any staff!
  35. 35. Activities to change the situation
  36. 36. Part 2 - Rails Girls
  37. 37. What is Rails Girls?  A Rails tutorial for women  “Our aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas.”  Founded by Linda Liukas and Karri Saarinen
  38. 38. History  November 2011  The first Rails Girls in Helsinki, Finland  September 2012  The first Rails Girls in Tokyo, Japan  Now  150+ cities, 220+ events worldwide
  39. 39. Rails Girls Curriculum  Guide to install Rails  Build your first app  Push your app to GitHub  Put your app online  Apply a modern design with Bootstrap  Add Authentication with Devise
  40. 40. Rails Girls Cirriculum (2)  Add profile pics with Gravatar  Test your application with RSpec  CD with Travis  More advanced topics available!  See http://guides.railsgirls.com/
  41. 41. Rails Girls in Japan  Held in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sapporo, Nara, Osaka, Nagoya and Matsue  Staffed with volunteers  Sponsored by various companies
  42. 42. Rails Girls Youth  Rails Girls “Youth” in Krakow, Poland  Focuses on teenagers before making important decisions http://blog.railsgirls.com/post/85521955069/9-surprises-of-rails-girls-youth-krakow
  43. 43. Rails Girls and Me
  44. 44. My First Rails Girls  Rails Girls Tokyo 2nd - March 2013  Participated as a “Girl” http://www.atmarkit.co.jp/ait/articles/1303/04/news119.html
  45. 45. My Second Rails Girls  Rails Girls Tokyo 3rd - October 2013  Participated as a “Coach” http://blog.railsgirls.jp/post/65614128686/railsgirls-tokyo-3rd
  46. 46. “ ” In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn. PHIL COLLINS
  47. 47. At RubyKaigi 2014
  48. 48. I’m here
  49. 49. It’s your turn now
  50. 50. Thank you!

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