Opinion: the culture around Computer Science, Engineering excludes women and girls

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Scientific American piece argues for changing the male-oriented culture of these fields

How can we address the gender imbalance of those receiving computer science and engineering degrees? Understand how the cultures of these fields dissuade many women and young girls from becoming interested in this work. So argues Andrew Meltzoff of I-LABS, and his colleagues Sapna Cheryan (University of Washington) and Allison Master (University of Houston). Their research sheds light on the impact of stereotypes on young girls’ beliefs around computer science activities, and some of the underlying causes for these beliefs. The authors discuss ways to change the narrative about who belongs in these fields.

Read the article here.