Giving Women the Access Code
New York Times, April 2, 2012
A generation ago women made up 37% of all computer science graduates, but in the last ten years it shrank to 18%. Some universities are bucking this trend, and the article follows Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd University, and her efforts to bring more females into the program. So far it’s worked, as nearly 40% of all CS degrees at Harvey Mudd went to females during the past year, up from single digits seven years ago. Success comes through offering freshmen non-major CS classes and teaching accessible languages like Python. Getting students past stereotypes and meeting professionals at the Grace Hopper annual conference helps as well.