As Michelle Obama rightly said,
‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish’
They inspire us all!
Every year, we dedicate the 8th of March to honor the accomplishments of women across the globe.
Likewise, at CodeChef we celebrate the achievements of those women who have embarked on their journey of Competitive Programming. Cheers to their dedication, and bravery in choosing the road less taken. They ignored the “coding isn’t for ‘Her'” and did not care for what the world would think of them! We truly appreciate the passion and determination of these women who inspire us every single day. 🙂
Among those are also our top women programmers (Top 5 globally and Top 5 Indian) in the CodeChef community, who have consistently performed well in the last one year.
||Country||Global Rank||Country Rank
|Ania Piekarska (6★ania7)||Poland||146||4|
|Davidescu Irina (6★irina)||Romania||400||10|
|Khushboo Gupta (6★kg05kg05_05)||India||559||156|
|Muskan Garg (6★muskan_garg)||India||841||289|
|Jyoti Agrawal (6★jyoti851999)||India||841||289|
|Priyanshi Jain (5★priyanshi2407)||India||1274||543|
|Zara Sheikh (5★codophile_zara)||India||1746||831|
What do the numbers say?
We do see a surge in women’s participation in the Computer Science field, but the number gets slimmer when it comes to Competitive Programming (CP). Just a handful of them actually try their hands on CP and sadly, fewer of them continue and stay persistent.
We are happy to see an 11% increase this year in the number of women who have joined the CodeChef platform.
In addition, what we want is for more women to play the sport of programming and become rated. Currently, only 10% of the registered women on CodeChef are rated. We aim to shift this graph to the right and have more high rated women coders.
What are the challenges? Why the extra attention?
Look around in your institution and see how many women are doing CP. Do you see enough of them practicing it? Is it that they aren’t aware? Or maybe they are aware but they don’t want to do it?
Well, we spoke to fellow women programmers to understand what issues they face and got common responses like lack of guidance, motivation, a lot of errors, etc. Some of the responses which surprised us the most were:
- Fear of what others will think
- Feeling it’s out of their league
- Lack of confidence
Plenty of studies have shown that these are caused by both nature and nurture, along with a lot of societal conditioning. And this becomes a significant hurdle, even when many of us are not even conscious of it. Couple this with the very practical issues that a lot of women face – safety concerns preventing them from participating in overnight hackathons, intercity events, or late-night practice sessions with your ICPC team. Even participating with mixed-gender teams in ICPC online rounds is an issue for some because it used to be held late in the evening and colleges don’t support that! Even if some of these hurdles can be overcome, it requires significant effort from women to challenge the status quo. All these tend to reduce the enthusiasm to even take part in the events.
It is high time that all of us are aware of these issues and tackle them actively. For starters, organizers of various events should take this into consideration while scheduling. At CodeChef, we are trying to bridge this gap and provide women an inclusive ecosystem of collaboration, learning, and growth.
We are here to help!
CodeChef along with many other organisations all around the world are working to provide that push
- With the help of some really enthusiastic Moderators – Anushi Maheshwari, Sudhi Awasthi, Ritick Goenka, Sanidhya Srivastava, Swati Jaiswal, and Himadri Pandya, we have been running a Community on the Facebook group to provide help and support to Women in Competitive Programming.
- At the start of the year, we also conducted two Competitive Programming Basics Workshops for women at IIT Dharwad and BITS Pilani – Hyderabad, all thanks to our incredible volunteers who believe in empowering the women in CP as we do.
- To keep the motivation up, we also have separate prizes for women around the year through our CodeChef Monthly Long Contest. And, we have started hosting regular women-only practice contests.
- For that extra mile these women go and the extra motivation they need, we have some special initiatives this month to reward and encourage them:
Tell her “I got your back, you can do it.” 🙂
We are doing our bit, and we request you to add yours too. When your women friends tell you that they want to learn CP, we urge you to extend your support to them and provide an open approach to get them started. Because, every one of us deserves to be a part of this beautiful community, including you.
Celebrating every day as Women’s Day. And saluting the courage of all women…
CodeChef wishes its women Programmers Community a very Happy International Women’s Day! 🙂