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There Are Too Few Women in Computer Science and Engineering

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Changing the male-oriented image and cultures of engineering and computer science will draw more young women into these fields.

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Only 20 percent of computer science and 22 percent of engineering undergraduate degrees in the U.S. go to women. Why are so few women entering these fields? A common explanation is that they are less interested in computer science and engineering.

While technically accurate and supported by responses by both women and men, this explanation is incomplete in problematic ways and worsens the very disparities it seeks to explain. A better solution is to understand how the cultures of these fields dissuade many women and young girls from becoming interested in this important work.

From Scientific American
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