Although women are generally underrepresented in many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, analytics offers a level playing field for women, according to Alpine Data Labs' Steven Hillion.
During a talk at this year's Strata Conference, Hillion said women are succeeding in data science. More women are obtaining jobs in data science, and leading data scientists are as likely to be women as men, Hillion noted.
Research from Bright Labs found that men account for only 53.8 percent of data analysts, and Payscale.com reports that one-third of data analysts in the United Kingdom are women.
Hillion pointed out that prominent female data scientists include Corinna Cortes, head of Google Research in New York, Stanford University professor Daphne Koller, and Annika Jimenez, global head of data science services at Pivotal. He expects women to take a more prominent role in data science next year and ultimately could help solve the shortage of professionals in the field.
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