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Women in IT, Why Women in IT declining, Women not preferring IT study, Women, girls, females lesser in Computer Science, WOmen in Information Technology Sector declining PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:34
Women in IT, Why Women in IT declining, Women not preferring IT study, Women, girls, females lesser in Computer Science, Women in Information Technology Sector declining

In the United States, the number of women represented in undergraduate computer science education and the white-collar information technology workforce peaked in the mid-1980s. Particularly in computer science, there has been a dramatic drop in women earning bachelor's degrees. Recent figures from the Computing Research Association Taulbee Survey indicate that the number recently fell below 12%, from nearly 40% in the mid 80s. A similar situation is observed in Canada, where the decline of women in computer science is apparent.

According to Gartner, the percentage of women in IT is low and shrinking, dropping from 42 percent in 1996 to 32.4 percent in 2004 worldwide. In some countries, including in the United States, it’s below 30 percent.
But those figures tell only part of the story: Fewer women than men choose IT-related majors in college. Of those who do, a larger percentage of them drop out or change their major. Women who enter the IT profession are more likely than men to quit or change careers. In the top IT management positions, women are extraordinarily rare. The higher up the IT food chain you go, the fewer women you’ll find.

This conspicuous gender imbalance is caused by a long list of problems, according to advocates of women in IT, including a lack of female role models, a pervasive stereotype of IT professionals as unfashionable “nerdy men,” and workplace sexism.


Last Updated on Saturday, 17 March 2012 15:24