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“It’s growing faster than I wanted it to. I keep saying, ‘baby steps, baby steps,’” Miss Bilgin said. “I didn’t realize the guys would care so much” about increasing diversity.

At the same time, the long hours and isolated nature of software engineering - programmers often work alone - are among the stereotypes Miss Bilgin has to battle.

Such as?

“Like the ones about wearing a blue shirt and khakis,” she replied. “I write code, and I don’t wear khakis.”