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Women and Information TechnologyResearch on Underrepresentation$
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Joanne Cohoon and William Aspray

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033459

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.001.0001

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A Matter of Degrees: Female Underrepresentation in Computer Science Programs Cross-Nationally

A Matter of Degrees: Female Underrepresentation in Computer Science Programs Cross-Nationally

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(p.182) (p.183) 6 A Matter of Degrees: Female Underrepresentation in Computer Science Programs Cross-Nationally
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Women and Information Technology
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Maria Charles

Karen Bradley

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.003.0006

Research has shown that women are strongly underrepresented in computer-related degree programs and occupations in the United States. This chapter contributes an international comparative perspective to this body of scholarship by presenting data on the gender composition of computer science programs of study in twenty-one industrial countries. It shows that gender segregation of the computer science field is one form of inequality that is alive and well in contemporary industrial societies.

Keywords:   computing education, women, gender composition, industrial countries, segregation, inequality

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