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December 05, 2018


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R gender study of the gender imbalance for registered nurses or teachers please.

Per 2014 NY Times article 80% of elementary school teachers are female, why not use R to report on it?

Dislike seeing ms blogs being used for political purposes or to provide street cred among a progressive set of MS employees.

Accepted fix is to report a gender imbalance in occupation X and an almost opposite gender imbalance in occupation Y in the same blog post article.


Please stop including such political posts under MS Developer Tools Blogs.

There's nothing political about this post.

"Many (if not most) tech communities have far more representation from men than from women (and even fewer from nonbinary folk). This is a shame, because everybody uses software, and these projects would self-evidently benefit from the talent and expertise from across the entire community."

Of course it is political.

Also, is the author suggesting that a balanced representation of each group (incl. non-binary) is optimal and that talent is distributed evenly across the three gender groups, even though they differ greatly in size?

It's political.

Reporting survey/sampling results that agrees with a political agenda is politically promoting that agenda.

It follows the gender X is underrepresented in STEM professions agenda.

Civil discourse allows for this comment and it's publicly acceptable to point out how one idea is repeatedly publicized to the exclusion of a different acceptable idea.

Thanks for the post David. In my experience this may have a lot to do with the heavy Statistics domain focus of R. When I attend Statistics conferences, the % of women is typically >30%, whereas computer science conferences are typically <15%.

Of course whenever something even vaguely points out discrepancies by gender or race, the reactionaries come out in force. Just saying "Hey, let's make sure we are a welcoming environment to all people, especially those that have been historically excluded," and somehow that is a radical political proposition.

Their negative reactions only highlight the need for more empathy for our fellow humans and more pathways for inclusion among underrepresented groups.

Please explain the lack of gender diversity in the nursing occupation.

Where's the "Hey, lets make sure we are a welcoming environment to all people, especially those that have been historically excluded" from female dominated occupations?

Radical political proposition it's not.

None of the statements here to date condemn promoting an occupation to groups in the minority of the workers in that occupation.

Statements here affirm that many headlines repeat "lack of women in occupation..." but rarely have "lack of men in occupation".

Think imbalance in the headlines and if that imbalance furthers an agenda. Raising a point on headline imbalance is not an attack on any inclusion program. Taking it as an attack on an inclusion program is the knee jerk reaction.

This post fits right in with the stated purpose of this blog (per the masthead):

"Daily news about using open source R for big data analysis, predictive modeling, data science, and visualization since 2008"

Thanks David!

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