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Women in Computing Fields on the Decline?

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It’s no secret that the computing workforce is dominated by men. In fact, just 24 percent of all computing related jobs are held by women, according to research by Accenture and the group Girls Who Code. If nothing is done to encourage more girls to enter the field by 2025, the number is predicted to drop to 22 percent.

Women made up 37 percent of the computing workforce in 1995.

The report, entitled Cracking the Gender Code, states that with proper education programs in place, women could make up to 39 percent of the computing workforce by 2025. The key is to provide girls with computer science education that meets their interests at every level of education. Since computing jobs tend to be in the upper part of the income scale, it would also mean a boost women’s cumulative earnings.

Girls Who Code was started with one big goal in mind – to close the gender in technology. Girls Who Code has grown from 20 girls in New York in 2013 to 10,000 girls in 42 states. The program offers free after-school computer science programs for girls in grades 6th through 12th, as well as a seven-week immersion program for girls in 10th and 11th grades.

Does your school have computer science programs specifically for girls? How are girls encouraged to pursue careers in computer science?

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