Hello, I think so far my experience has been that there’s quite less number of women in tech in general and clojure is sort of more on the difficult sides to reach out to for probably various reasons like language popularity, easy to get started with, availability of community around you to interact etc etc. I do feel like in general the tech world doesn’t have as many women to look up to, and that does reflect on Clojure’s community as well, I know maybe one person I look up to and that’s pretty much it But to be honest I may not have yet experienced the entirety of Clojure community as well since I’ve only recently started learning Clojure! So far I think I’m lucky, privileged enough to not face direct toxicity and discrimination but I do hear this being a constant theme across the tech industry so I’m bias to believe Clojure also might have picked up some of that dirt along the way. I resonate with what @kiramclean says, the tech industry as a whole is toxic and inclined towards the benefit of cis-het-men but hey it does pay the bill and I don’t have much options either.
About marginalised genders and their representation: I think in general this is becoming tough and really depends on the place you may be from, for example in India you’d find it extremely difficult to find lgbtq folks openly working in tech industry but at the same time I do see queer-friendly and sometimes queer-only events being organized in parts of Europe and the west, and that definitely does bring hope but we do have a long long way to go! As @lambduhhh put it, we are seeing more women being pushed into STEM and I think that’s great but this is a sort of thing that takes a lot of time and effort.
What we can possibly do: Please include gender, race and ethnicity as demographics in the survey, they tell an important story of not just the people but also the Community as a whole. Maybe someone can start a seperate study group only for women, like DjangoGirls, or RailsGirls or say something all together for marginalized groups, I would say for now start off with just one group for all marginalized folks and slowly branch out as more people join.