Signs of Progress?

by andrewharbor

One our classmates presented a project investigating the relative scarcity of women in STEM fields, which made me think of this article. It reports that in 2005 Harvey Mudd began requiring all undergraduate students to take a computer science class at least partly in an effort to encourage more women to major in computer science. Apparently this strategy has paid off, and now 40 percent of computer science majors at Harvey Mudd are women. Doesn’t Georgia Tech require all undergrads to take computer science? I wonder how the computer science demographics have changed here since that policy was initiated. Also, I had never heard of the “brogrammer” phenomenon before. Hmm…

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