As a baseline, the overall population of the survey was 73% male.
Of those who indicated they were members of the EA Forum, they were 79% male.
Of those who indicated they were member of a local group, they were 72% male.
Of those who indicated they were member of the EA Facebook Group, they were 72% male.
Of those who indicated they were member of GivingWhatWeCan, they were 76% male.
Of those who indicated they were a user of LessWrong, they were 85% male.
(For simplicity only, these responses drop people who don’t indicate they are EA, don’t answer either question (gender or membership), and don’t pick either “Male” or “Female” as their gender. All answers are rounded to the nearest percent. Also, keep in mind the sampling bias of needing to have seen and filled out the survey in order to be counted—this may mean that we don’t correctly reflect an unbiased census of the entire population as a whole.)
Oh damn :-/ I was just gonna ask for the info (been traveling and could reply only now). That’s really interesting, is this info published somewhere online? If not, it would maybe be worthwhile to make a post on this here and discuss both the reasons for the predominantly male community, as well as ideas for how to make it more gender-balanced.
I’d be very interested in possible relations between the lack of gender balance and the topic of representation discussed in another recent thread. For instance, it’d be interesting to see whether non-male EAs find the forum insufficiently focused on causes which they find more important, or largely focused on issues that they do not find as important.
We haven’t posted a gender breakdown by group yet. I can see if there may be ways to follow this up as part of our forthcoming 2018 EA Survey work.
That would be great!