Initial experience as a reason for higher acceptance rates

You examine several possible reasons for women having higher acceptance rates than men. One issue which you did not look at, and which I think may be relevant could be as follows:

If it is true that men are more likely to engage in risk than women, and given that there is a risk in submitting a PR, in that it may be rejected, is it possible that women wait until they have gained more experience than men before they make their first pull request, thus improving its quality?

This could also explain the larger commits submitted by women in that more experienced programmers may be more likely to try and tackle larger problems.

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