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Women and Information Technology: Research on Underrepresentation

Joanne Cohoon and William Aspray


Computing remains a heavily male-dominated field even after twenty-five years of extensive efforts to promote female participation. The chapters in this book look at reasons for the persistent gender imbalance in computing and explore some strategies intended to reverse the downward trend. The studies included are rigorous social science investigations; they rely on empirical evidence — not rhetoric, hunches, folk wisdom, or off-the-cuff speculation about supposed innate differences between men and women. Taking advantage of the recent surge in research in this area, the book presents the late ... More

Keywords: computing, gender imbalance, information technology, higher education, IT workforce, careers, male-dominated field, female participation, empirical evidence, adolescents

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780262033459
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanne Cohoon, editor

William Aspray, editor

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I Diverging Interests

1 The State of Research on Girls and IT

Lecia J. Barker, and William Aspray

2 Examining the Gender Gap in IT by Race: Young Adults’ Decisions to Pursue an IT Career

Nicole Zarrett, Oksana Malanchuk, Pamela E. Davis-Kean, and Jacquelynne Eccles

3 Lost in Translation: Gender and High School Computer Science

Joanna Goode, Rachel Estrella, and Jane Margolis

II Postsecondary Education

9 Gender Differences among Students in Computer Science and Applied Information Technology

Christine Ogan, Jean C. Robinson, Manju Ahuja, and Susan C. Herring

12 Traversing the Undergraduate Curriculum in Computer Science: Where Do Students Stumble?

Sandra Katz, John Aronis, Christine Wilson, David Allbritton, and Mary Lou Soffa

III Pathways into the Workforce


J. McGrath Cohoon, and William Aspray

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