Educational Technology

January 26, 2012

Women in Tech: 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Opens Call for Participation

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Daily Disruption News

In the United States, the number of women represented in undergraduate computer science education and the white-collar information technology workforce peaked in the mid-1980s. Particularly in computer science, there has been a dramatic drop in women earning bachelor’s degrees. Recent figures from the Computing Research Association Taulbee Survey indicate that the number recently fell below 12%, from nearly 40% in the mid 80s. A similar situation is observed in Canada, where the decline of women in computer science is apparent. Research has shown that some aspects about computing may discourage women. One of the biggest turn-offs is the “geek factor”. High school girls are repelled by the image of Computer Scientists sit in a cubicle writing code for the duration of their workday. The “geek factor” affects both male and female high school students, but it seems to have more of a negative effect on the female students. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is looking to change that perception. The 12th Annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) has opened its Call for Participation.

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