(Huffington Post) Female Engineers: Etsy Seeks To Right Gender Imbalance In Male-Dominated Field
More than 75 percent of buyers and sellers on Etsy, the e-commerce website that helps individuals sell handmade and vintage goods directly to consumers, are female. So the company is an especially apt home for a new initiative to help get more women into engineering and tech, fields where they are notoriously underrepresented.
In what Dodai Stewart at Jezebel called a "revolutionary yet simple" move, Etsy partnered with fellow tech companies 37signals and Yammer in the summer of 2012 to recruit women to attend the Hacker School, a three-month intensive coding program in New York City. Six hundred women applied, the Hacker School admitted 23 of them, and Etsy covered their living expenses, according to Anya Kamenetz at Fast Company.