What percent of computer science majors do you think are earned by women? Click to vote here!
For those who participated in the poll above, it is very scary to see the lack of females in coding, and as a girl who is interested in pursuing computer science as a career, it does not take a long time to see the extreme gender gap that exists in this field. Due to popular culture and social norms that use male-dominated images to portray the “typical” computer scientist, girls are often discouraged from following this path. Not even mentioning the fact that it can be hard for high school girls to be what they cannot see, and with a lack of female computer science teachers, even fewer girls are attracted to this field. So why is this gender gap an issue? Computer science is one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs, and by 2020, 1.4 million jobs will open in computer science, yet we will only have enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs; and only 3% will be filled by women. So not only are females missing out on these high-paying jobs, but our world and this industry need females in the business. By having a male-dominated field, we are missing out on the ideas that perhaps only women could bring to the table, and we will have millions of jobs unfilled. So not only is this gender gap in computer science holding back girls from their full potential and millions of jobs, but it is actually hurting our world as well.
For more information about my project, watch this short video:
This problem is very important to me, and so my goal is to lessen the gender gap in computer science by challenging social beliefs about the industry while also emphasizing the importance girls can have in this field. I began my prototypes by creating sketches, as shown below.
After creating some simple sketches and ideas, I began my process of designing my graphic online and used many sources to research and gather facts, which I have cited below:
And eventually, I created the final presentation of my work:
So how can you help?
-Join in on a live video call before the conference to discuss possible solutions and voice your imput
-Educate females on the importance and relevance of computer science across all aspects of life
-Encourage girls to start coding at a young age in schools
-And most importantly, SPREAD THE WORD!!