But then he comes back with weak stuff -- about Betsy not being a coder, and that most MS employees are not coders, so women don't need be afraid to join Microsoft. I like Betsy's take better -- that there is no need to be afraid of coding. His implication
seemed to be that somehow coding is scarier for women, so they might want to avoid it!
Perhaps you've misinterpreted my statements as I certainly do not think that writing code is any more scary to a female who doesn't know how to write code than a male...
My point was that you can still work at Microsoft (and in the industry) if you are not an engineer... Attracting more women to technical roles is the order of the day. The question in why are women not attracted to this industry to the degree that men are?
As far as the small software engineering talent pool, this is a problem that spans genders. Fact is, the US is producing less and less engineers each year.
Writing software is gender neutral
. Can I be more clear?
Again, most job roles at MS do not require that the employee in that role spend time in an IDE designing, writing and debugging code...
Perhaps it didn't come out right in my answer.