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Monday, December 19, 2005

Gender gap in computer science growing

It looks like finding a geek girl working in the IT (information technology) world is becoming something of a rarity. The gender gap among computer science majors is increasing every year. In 1985, the proportion of women studying in computer science was at 37% and in the last few years, it dropped to 28%. In some other research oriented universities, the proportion even go as low as 17%. But why is this happening?

"The argument of many computer scientists is that women who study science or technology, because they are defying social expectations, are in an uncomfortable position to begin with. So they are more likely to be dissuaded from pursuing computer science if they are exposed to an unpleasant environment, bad teaching, and negative stereotypes like the image of the male hacker."

I remember when I was studying in computer science 10 years ago: there was 2 girls for 300 guys at first. After 3 years, 290 guys had dropped out, and the 2 girls were still there.

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