Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade


View as: Print Mobile App Share: Send by email Share on reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Hacker News Share on Tweeter Share on Facebook
A representation of women in STEM.

Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani thinks the tech gender gap could be closed within 10 years, if proponents direct their energy toward collecting solid data, setting metrics, and following through on policy goals.

Credit: TED.com

The inaugural Girls Who Code Governor's Summit in California last week emphasized solving the U.S. technology industry's lack of gender parity by developing standards and strategies for quantifying efforts to support women and girls interested in tech and science.

A 2016 Accenture/Girls Who Code study estimated women comprise only 18% of computer science graduates. Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani sees this as a call to mobilize and step up her push to find the roots of this decline in collaboration with state governments.

Saujani says one underlying reason could be girls not finding any science-interested peers or role models in high school, while others believe cultivating an interest in science should start at a much earlier age. Saujani thinks the tech gender gap could be closed within 10 years, if proponents direct their energy toward collecting solid data, setting metrics, and following through on policy goals.

From The Washington Post
View Full Article - May Require Free Registration

 

Abstracts Copyright © 2017 Information Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, USA


 

No entries found