Latest Research: Gender Gap in Computing
Where Are the Girls?
Today less than 20% of computer science graduates are women. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computing-related job openings. At current rates, however, we can only fill about 30% of those jobs with U.S. computing bachelor's grads. Girls represent a valuable, mostly untapped talent pool.
Girls in IT: The facts (NCWIT, 2012)
What Girls Say About STEM?
74% of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects. These girls:
Generation STEM: What girls say about science, technology, engineering and math (Girls Scouts, 2012)
What’s the Problem?
Women and girls feel that computing fails to deliver the 3 most important characteristics they want from a career:
New Image for Computing: Report on Market Research (Dot Diva, 2009)
- Bridging the Encouragement Gap in Computing (NCWIT, 2019)
- Women in Tech: The Facts (NCWIT, 2016)
- Leaning Out: Teen Girls and Leadership (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2015)
- Women Who Choose Computer Science - What Really Matters (Google, 2014)
- When Women Stopped Coding (NPR's Planet Money, 2014)
- Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity (National Women’s Law Center, 2014)
- STEM job preparedness pipeline: Addressing education and culture locally (Mary Baldwin College, 2013)
- SciGirls Seven: How to Engage Girls in STEM (PBS SciGirls, 2013)
- The Grass Is Greener in Non-STEM Classes: Examining the Role of Competing Belonging to Undergraduate Women's Vulnerability to Being Pulled Away From Science (California State University, 2013)
- G.A.M.E.S. (Girls Advancing Mathematics, Engineering & Science) - S.T.E.M. National Initiative (Northeastern University, 2013)
- The Hidden STEM Economy (Brookings Institution, 2013)
- New Study Exposes Gender Bias in Tech Job Listings (Wired, 2013)
- CERN offers UN advice on bringing women into science (Symmetry, 2013)
- Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering (NSF, 2013)
- Science faculty's subtle gender biases favor male students (PNAS, 2012)
- Why the engineering, computer science gender gap persists (Scientific American, 2012)
- Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AAUW, 2010)
- Young Women’s Perceptions of Technology and Engineering: Factors Influencing Their Participation in Math, Science and Technology? (University of Wisconsin, 2007)