There are more and more women dropping out of the IT workforce, and since the 80’s peak of 1/3 women in computer science, the statistics are at an all-time low of less than 20% of students being women in computer science programs.
In 2011, an all male team of university researchers published studies and held symposiums aimed to increase female participation in the technical engineering and computer science fields. The answers are as complex as the questions – with no ready one-size-fits-all solutions. Is it women not supporting women? Is it a workplace and environment that does not allow diversity? Is it an old-boys club that excludes women? Do women have different needs? It is all and none of these, but without work and interest to change the future, we will be destined to repeat the past. Change starts with me and you… and I’ve got lots of ideas (hmmm… a book?)
Here’s a link to an interesting TED presentation on the topic – what do you think?
I LOVE the concept / quote from this video: People (especially Women) need to Keep Our Hands Up to Get Ahead!
(This was in reference to a story she tells where she told an audience she would take 2 more questions. Once the two questions were posed and answered, most people put their hands down – but not all. She then proceeded to take a few more questions from the persistent few who had kept their hands up. Her advice is to Keep your Hand up to gain a step ahead. Too often, women (especially!) quit too early (and follow directions too readily) – just because it seems like the game is over!)
Watch and comment (please!)
Have a great week!
- Why Girls Should Create Video Games (chelseagreen.com)
- How To Fix the Gender Gap in Technology (slate.com)
- My experiences at a woman’s programming workshop (emacsen.net)
- Harvey Mudd College (gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com)
- How One College President Increased The Number Of Female Computer Science Majors (keptup.typepad.com)
- Women engineers trace tech gender gap to childhood (cbsnews.com)
- Leveling the Playing Field: How to Get More Women in Tech (thedailymuse.com)
- Debugging The Problem Of Women In Tech (women2.com)
- Jocelyn Goldfein, Facebook Engineer, Explains Why It Matters There Aren’t More Girl Geeks | #socialmedia (sanajt.wordpress.com)
- Observations From a Python Workshop (emacsen.net)