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Women Outnumber Men in New Tech Hires This Year

It was the Lean In circles, wasn't it.
Deal with it. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Deal with it. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

You don’t need a Hackers and Hookers party flier to understand that things are a little off balance for women in the tech industry. But here is some good news for aspiring techies who lack a Y chromosome: 60 percent of new tech jobs this year went to women.

The data come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, InfoWorld reports, and the numbers come from the first nine months of 2013. In 2012, half as many tech jobs–just 34 percent–went to women.

Weirdly, though, about the same number of women were hired in 2012 and 2013, while hiring of men dropped off, changing the proportions.

But still, only 31 percent of tech workers are women, a number that InfoWorld reports has “hardly changed for 10 years.” And, of course, there’s a wage disparity, although it isn’t as pronounced in tech as it is in other industries. Female programmers make 93 to 96.7 percent what men make, compared to a 77 percent gap found across other industries in America’s workforce.

There’s clearly a lot more work to be done, but at least for now, maybe all the new female tech workers can get together for a badass brunch with the latest crop of female astronauts.

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