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How Etsy grew their number of female engineers by 500 % in one year
Yes, you read that title correct. Etsy grew the number of female engineers by 500% in one year. As part of their efforts, Etsy launched "Etsy Hacker Grants" to provide need-based scholarships to talented women engineers enrolling in Hacker School (a three-month hands-on course designed to teach people how to become better engineers).
As part of their hiring, they setup the parameters for success:
- Be serious but inviting
- look for balance
- optimize for building together
- optimize for data gathering
- normalize within your organization
- conduct your experiment publicly
What I also found interesting was their philosphy that a team should either have 0 women on it, or 2+ women on the team. One woman on the team ends up making her a woman engineer vs just being an engineer.