Why are less women choosing to enter computer science classes NOW, than in 1984? Seriously? According to the New York Times, there will be over 1 million jobs in computer related fields by 2020. Let’s close the gender gap, beginning now.
It’s 1984 and you’re sitting in your college Computer Science class. You take a look around the classroom of 100 students and count 37 women.
Fast forward to today. It’s 30 years later and the world has changed quite a bit. Women have become the majority in college and the majority in the workforce. We’re approaching gender parity in the life sciences and mathematics fields. These new devices called laptops are everywhere.
Teaching computer science to girls has the potential to turn these eager consumers of technology into unstoppable creators of it.
Today, in your classroom of 100 C.S. majors, 12 will be women.
The gender gap in technology has never been wider, and with the 1.4 million jobs that will be available in the computing related fields by 2020, we need a national, girl-led movement to close it.