What do you do when you’ve spent hours writing a post about common misconceptions about women in computer science that turns out to be complete and utter garbage? Why, you post a link to Sapna Cheryan’s TEDx Seattle 2010 talk.
Female representation in computer science is down. Way down. But does it really matter? I keep digging around for a really solid reason that we should be concerned. If girls choose not to participate, is it really such a big deal?
As a computer scientist, I find it hard to imagine how anyone couldn’t like it. It’s creative, intellectually stimulating, and lucrative. When done correctly, I’d even go so far as to say it is artistic.
I am a busy lady. As such, I have trouble finding time to read ACM TechNews every time I receive it. Instead, I have committed to read every headline in every issue I receive. I began this habit a few years ago. Slowly, a pattern began to emerge: nearly every issue of TechNews included at least one headline regarding women in computer science.
“It can be fun to feel exceptional – to be the loophole woman, to have a whole power thing, to be an honorary man. But if you are the exception that proves the rule, and the rule is that women are inferior, you haven’t made any progress.” – Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and …