Women in computer science are still statistically less likely to advance in their careers than men. There are many reasons for this, and many are sociological in nature. However, there are also technological factors that contribute to this phenomenon. In this article I will explore some of these factors and how they can be improved.
One of the most important factors that must be improved is female employment. The current number of women getting degrees in this male-dominant field has significantly decreased. Granted, women constitute 48.5 percent of Carnegie Mellon’s computer science department, but that achievement is an example of the exception rather than the norm. Still, Lana Verschage is the manager of Women in Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she helps close the gap.
By far, the largest proportion of females obtaining degrees within computer science have a low mean age. By contrast, the largest proportion of males with a bachelor’s degree are older (range from early 20s to late 40s). By improving the diversity of the population of computer science degree recipients, it is hoped that the achievement of equality in educational opportunity among gender will become more prevalent. While there is no single solution to the problems of gender disparity in engineering statistics, it is clear that more focus needs to be placed on developing greater educational opportunities for more young girls and boys alike.