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Women left CS because of masculinization of the industry and hiring practices

An interesting and new (for me) explanation for why women left the computing industry.  This is a little more specific than saying, “It’s the culture” — this is making specific claims about advertising and changing the job qualifications. The Anita Borg Institute has just come out with a related recommendation — that at least 1 woman should be interviewed for every technical job opening.

America’s perception of computer scientists has shifted from the 1960s computer girl to the modern IT guy because of a masculinization of the industry and sexist advertising content, said Nathan Ensmenger, assistant professor of information.

Ensmenger spoke on Tuesday about the history of the declining number of women in computer science. He said his research showed that the qualifications of a computer programmer have been skewed to match male characteristics.

via Assistant professor explores lack of women in computer sciences | The Daily Texan.

March 16, 2012 at 7:55 am 6 comments


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