4 years ago1,000+ Views
1. Computer Science is not taught in US schools Schools that teach computer science courses are very limited. I, for example, did not know anything about the subject until my first semester in college. 2. As an elective, it doesn't contribute to graduation requirements This means less students are willing to take it as an elective, limiting their exposure to the subject. 3. The nerd stereotype is proven to drive away women Technology and Computer Science/Engineering has a stereotype of being an area for "nerds". If girls do not relate to this subgroup, then they feel that they will not fit in or be accepted. (Source:
My university is now letting students take computer science as credit for basic math, but again it is mostly male students that sign up. While we're becoming doctors, entrepreneurs, and pilots, why are we still not heading into tech?!!
I think also a big factor is the negative connotations attached to the IT world in terms of employment. Did you see the recent scandal when a female journalist live tweeted the incredibly sexist comments she overheard IBM higher-ups making regarding their dislike of having to hire younger women who "will just go and get pregnant anyway". IT is an incredibly male dominated industry with one of the highest female participation drop outs in the mid 30s to early 40s group. Until such stigmas start to change, I doubt we'll be seeing more women in tech...
Embrace technology, girls! The good men love it, and your future bosses will love it even more.
Hopefully all three of these things start to change soon--I know my high school was already making big adjustments to what counted and what didn't, as well as what classes were offered, by the time I graduated, but I'm not sure all schools are doing the same!