I hadn't realized this until just today, but I had assumed that all the other Ask Ubuntu users were male, but then I saw a username that appeared to contain a female first name and realized that women probably use this site too. Does anyone know the actual statistics of how many female users there are?
I don't think any such statistics are available, and the closest you can get to an answer is the annual Stack Overflow Developer survey. Of course, the survey is voluntary, and the set of AU users may not have much in common with the set of respondents.
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Our survey results demonstrate a dramatic disparity in tech among men and women. In fact, we know women make up a more significant proportion of the developer workforce than this suggests. According to Quantcast, about 12% of Stack Overflow's readers are women. (We don't actively track gender internally.) We also know this survey underrepresents people in countries where developers have an increased likelihood of being women such as Asian countries like South Korea, India, and China.
Stack Exchange sites use Quantcast, which collects demographic data (by redirecting some percentage of traffic to an anonymous beacon, such as Facebook's, which matches the visitor to the data that Facebook's beacon discloses about them.) Or at least used to collect, as a post by an SE employee ends with "we appreciate the ability to opt out of the beacon and plan on turning it off". In any case, Quantcast's demographic card for Ask Ubuntu has
- Male: index 191
- Female: index 13
indicating that a randomly chosen visitor to AU is 91% more likely to be male than a random Internet user (and 87% less likely to be female). Take the data with a generous helping of salt, but that's all we have.