From the April 17, 2007 New York Times article by Cornelia Dean “Computer Science Takes Steps to Bring Women to the Fold”
The link above will take you to today’s New York Times, which has a very interesting article about the declining number of women who are going into the computer science field. According to Dean, the computer science field is having a harder time than other technology fields with recruiting female undergraduates. From 1985 to 2003, the percentage of women receiving computer science bachelor’s degrees declined from 38% to 28%. There are the usual suspects involved: nerdy images of techies, pocket protectors, over-emphasis on programming (over creative thinking and having a broad perspective and education). Schools are making some efforts to change these figures, particularly by recruiting students who not only have some programming experience but who have other experiences and knowledge that they can use to expand the applicability of computer programming to all kinds of areas. People are already doing this – its just that incoming freshmen don’t necessarily see what innovative, cool, and fun things are being done by computer programmers and computer scientists.