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UW psychologist Sapna Cheryan ran two studies to find out if the lack of women in tech was due to their disinterest in the topic, or other reasons. First, she asked non-computer science college students to describe CSE majors. In the second study, students were given two fabricated news articles — one described computer scientists as stereotypically nerdy, while the other did not.


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Despite the phenomenal rise in computing over the last 50 years, the birth of the internet, and our ever increasing reliance on technology, women are still not engaging with computer science at the same rate as men. And as deep learningmachine learningbig data and artificial intelligence enter common usage, it is useful for all genders to have an appreciation and engagement with these technologies — not just the boys. But on top of this poor provision in UK schools, one factor putting women off the subject is almost certainly the geek culture that surrounds computer science. And this is still how many people see computer scientists: as nerds, with no social skills and pale complexions — pizza eating, coke guzzling geeks who are chained to a keyboard for days on end. Even Bill Gates — one of the richest men in the world after forming Microsoft — did not make being a geek cool.

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Support Provided By Learn More. Peer pressure and stereotypes hold many young women back from developing a sense of belonging within the current cultural space.

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Looking to non-profit groups like Black Girls Who Code and Girls in Tech who are actively working to expand the stereotype in computer science by empowering women and women of color in digital spaces may also help planning within your own school and classroom.

University of Washington co-authors Sapna Cheryan and Andrew Meltzoff surveyed high school students regarding their interest in enrolling and belonging in a computer science class, and how much their personal style fit into the stereotype of the field and classroom environment.

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Geek Pride Day is celebrated on May 25 Receive s about upcoming NOVA programs and related content, as well as featured reporting about current events through a science lens. Related How Risky Is Flying? And girls were almost three times more likely to say they would be interested in enrolling in a computer science course if the classroom looked like the non-stereotypical one. Address.

The good news is that this problem can be fixed. Girls 68 percent were more likely than boys 48 percent to prefer the non-stereotypical classroom.

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Zip Code. The study shows that the way computer science is presented and marketed to girls may change their interest in the field. Our Sponsors Draper. Broadening the definition of a computer scientist and what a classroom looks like may have a positive effect on gender equality in computer science, and potentially other science fields as well.