Read more here: “I remember walking into one of the classes at Stanford and just deciding not to take the class because I was one of only three women there, and I just felt so intimidated,” recalled Catherina Xu, one of the co-presidents for Women in Computer Science at Stanford University.
Incidents like this are happening all across the country, and partly due to the lack of women in the field, there is now a shortage of computer science majors — and it’s going to get even worse.
By 2024, the National Center for Women and Information Technology predicts that there will be 1.1 million computing-related job openings, and only 41% of those jobs will be filled.
And get this: The percentage of women in the field has been declining since the 1980s. The National Science Foundation found that in 1985, more than 35% of computer science majors were women. By 2014, that number had dropped down to just 18%.
Not only will jobs go unfilled if more women aren’t entering the field, but companies won’t be as successful. A 2015 study by McKinsey & Company showed that businesses diverse in gender and ethnicity tended to outperform less diverse businesses.
So why aren’t more women working in computer science? Three key factors are culture, the way women think and a lack of representation in the industry.
Read more here: college.usatoday.com/2017/03/08/man-computer-science-needs-more-women/