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The Lack of Females in Computer Science

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:

https://beta.techcrunch.com/2016/05/10/the-lack-of-women-in-tech-is-more-than-a-pipeline-problem/

(http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/cracking-the-code:-why-aren-t-more-women-majoring-in-computer-science

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gender-gap-in-computer-science-is-hurting-us-businesses/2016/12/27/fa4f6680-c247-11e6-9578-0054287507db_story.html?utm_term=.b32c5bab3af8

 

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!!

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COMMENTS: 5
  1. April 26, 2018 by Grace Halligan

    This is so great! I am informed!! 🙂

  2. April 27, 2018 by Emma.Healy

    Hi Jeslyn! I don’t know if you remember me, but I was in your GOA photography class last fall! I think this project is super cool- I always knew that CompSci was a male-dominated field, but I didn’t realize just how much until now! One question I have is, with the increase of jobs available in coding, has there also been a rise in degrees being earned by women? I see that only 18% of CompSci degrees are earned by women, but is that number more than, for example, in 2008? Super interesting, great job on your project!

  3. April 27, 2018 by Marcus.Jackson

    This is a great presentation you have made. Since I have a younger sister and other women in my family, I find it extremely important to have gender diversity in the STEM fields. This presentation provide me a lot of information that I wasn’t even aware of.

  4. April 29, 2018 by Jennifer.Bernardez

    This is a great project on an important issue. It was extremely informative and I particularly enjoyed the statistics about jobs in the future that will be available. Well done!

  5. April 30, 2018 by Carol

    Hey, Jeslyn! Great job! I’m also planning on going into computer science and being the only girl in the Computer Science Club at my school has really shown me how male dominated the field is. What languages do you program in?? I

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