Women Who Code
Over the course of the last semester, I’ve heard Mr. Brown stress the importance of female coders in the industry, and I couldn’t agree more. There is a clear male dominance when it comes to the field of computer science, and this male dominance in the field is bad for women, and bad for the industry, as well. I’ve noticed that across the technology sector there is a major disparity between men and women.
After some research, I came across some disturbing facts:
- While 57 percent of occupations in the workforce are held by women, in computing occupations that figure is only 25 percent.
- In 2010, although 57 percent of undergraduate degree recipients were female, but only 14 percent of the computer science degrees at major research universities.
- Only 0.4% of female college freshmen say they intend to major in computer science.
These facts only reassured my previous desires to break stereotypes to be one of the reasons as to why I decided to give this course a chance. No industry is meant to be gender specific and this should be the case for computer science as well.
After experiencing 4 months of coding, I’ve learned new ways to encourage and motivate other females to help build their interest in this field.
Try something new
Don’t quit before you start
Success cannot be measured by failure
I hope sharing my experience in the class will help others to understand not to be afraid of trying something that may be known as more male dominant. I hope one day this message can be heard, not only by women, but by everyone so societal norms can be extinguished and barriers can be removed.