Tuesday 12pm, 13 September 2016


Gender differences and bias in open source: Pull request acceptance of women versus men

Emerson Murphy-Hill

Associate Professor - North Carolina State


Biases against women in the workplace have been documented in a variety of studies. In this talk I'll discuss our study of on gender bias, where we compare acceptance rates of contributions from men versus women in an open source software community. Surprisingly, our results show that women's contributions tend to be accepted more often than men's. However, women's acceptance rates are higher only when they are not identifiable as women. Our results suggest that although women on GitHub may be more competent overall, bias against them exists nonetheless.


Emerson is a Visiting Researcher at Google, studying software developer productivity. He is also an Associate Professor for the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where he directs the Developer Liberation Front. His research spans human-computer interaction and software engineering, winning a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2013 and four ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards.