Etsy Hackers

by andrewharbor

Another article related to women in computer science: Etsy is awarding 20 women grants to attend the Hacker School this summer to develop their skills as computer programmers. It seems like there’s been a rise in recent years of large online communities geared towards traditionally feminine interests and dominated by women. This includes sites like Etsy, an online marketplace focused on handmade and vintage products, and Pinterest, a pinboard-style social website that allows users to share photos and organize them into thematic collections. These sites are based on the active creation of content, and I wonder if the increase in popularity of sites like these will lead to an increase in the number of women seeking careers in computer science. 

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