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is the time commitment less in other countries where this gap doesn't exist, or are the women different in those other countries?
But even as Wilkes established herself as a programmer, she still craved a life as a lawyer. “I also really finally got to the point where I said, ‘I don’t think I want to do this for the rest of my life,’ ” she says. Computers were intellectually stimulating but socially isolating.
This may be attributed to more opportunities for women to have a decent salary and be respected in fields other than STEM in rich European countries.
It doesn't mean women are less capable to go into STEM fields, or might enjoy them less.
Hackathons may appeal to some, but bear very little relation to the actual work world, so I'm not sure why participation in them is considered desirable by employers.
Maybe the question is, why do more men stay in CS, keep coding, not branch out. ?