Women computer science grads: Raw numbers went up as percentages went down

October 20, 2014 at 8:25 am 2 comments

Fascinating analysis! It turns out that the number of women getting degrees in CS actually rose in the early 2000’s, but the percentage shared dropped because so many men women were taking CS, too.

Here’s the number of women getting CS degrees:

Here’s the percentage view:

The gains by women actually weren’t keeping up with the overall increase in the population of CS grads. More men were filling those seats than women. As a share of all CS bachelor’s degrees granted that year, females had slipped almost 10 points, from 37% in 1984/1985 to 27% in 2003. The overall trendline was clearly downward, as seen below.

via Women computer science grads: The bump before the decline | Computerworld.

Entry filed under: Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

Learners don’t know what’s best for them The Growing Tide of Anti-Intellectualism

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alisha  |  October 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Actually decomposing the percentages of women in engineering into number of women shows that some of the gains in % came from small gains in number of women and larger declines in number of men. Shows that one graph can not tell the whole story.

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  October 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Engineering? Are you talking about CS distinct from Engineering, or using Engineering as a superset of CS?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,039 other followers


Recent Posts

Blog Stats

  • 2,020,810 hits
October 2014

CS Teaching Tips

%d bloggers like this: