[HCS]Women in Computing talk

Ami Vora avora at hcs.harvard.edu
Fri Mar 22 00:46:22 EST 2002

a note from Judy Fox:

As only a small fraction of high school and college computer science
students are female, the field is likely to remain a "male clubhouse,"
absent major changes.

Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing
A Discussion with authors Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher

Friday April 5
12 PM
Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall
A light lunch will be served

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Computer Society, Women in Computer Science,
Women in Science at Harvard Radcliffe, and the Harvard College Science
Mentors Program

In their book, Unlocking the Clubhouse, social scientist Jane Margolis and
computer scientist and educator Allan Fisher examine the many influences
contributing to the gender gap in computing. The book is based on
interviews with more than 100 computer science students of both sexes from
Carnegie Mellon University over a period of four years, as well as
classroom observations and conversations with hundreds of college and high
school faculty. The interviews capture the dynamic details of the female
computing experience, from the family computer kept in a brother's bedroom
to women's feelings of alienation in college computing classes. The
authors investigate the familial, educational, and institutional origins
of the computing gender gap. They also describe educational reforms that
have made a dramatic difference at Carnegie Mellon--where the percentage
of women entering the School of Computer Science rose from 7% in 1995 to
42% in 2000--and at high schools around the country.

Jane Margolis is a researcher at the Graduate School of Education and
Information Systems at the University of California, Los Angeles. Allan
Fisher, former Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of
Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, is President and CEO of
Carnegie Technology Education, a Carnegie Mellon education company.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

For more information contact Judy Fox at 617-496-4892.

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