On 12 February 2016, the BBC published an article with the ridiculous headline “Women write better code, study suggests“. This claim was a BBC exaggeration of an already questionable study, based on pull requests to Git Hub, a site which doesn’t even mention the gender of its users. The non peer-reviewed paper and the BBC’s cherry-picking of its findings was almost instantly and comprehensively debunked online. Some key facts to note are as follows: There are obvious issues in attempting to identify someone’s gender online There are far more male users on GitHub then one could argue that men are in fact far better at coding because far more are actually doing it and many women are missing in action. Perhaps the small number of women who get involved are marginally better on average, but they would still be vastly outnumbered by men who are equally or more capable. The media have cherry-picked data from the study which also showed clear bias towards those openly identifying themselves as female in many areas. Gender studies based on fucking GitHub pull requests https://hequal.wordpress.com/2016/1...-women-write-better-code-story-was-fake-news/ Be careful when reading anything, always fact-check things you find interesting or important.