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Tag Archive: computer science
You’ve completed your CS degree, you’re hungry to start your tech career… but where do you go next and how do you excel?
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Anita Borg Institute released this infographic exploring the history of women in tech.
A CS student on why being a good programmer is not enough to succeed — you also need to believe in yourself.
One software engineer shares how she proactively molded her studies in computer science to help her become more employable and how she landed her job at Zoosk.
A PhD student shares the 3 biggest things she learned from starting her computer science program.
’bout time a girl founded the next Facebook/Google/Apple.
By Frances Advincula (Software Engineer, Accenture)
What I love most about being an engineer is at the end of the day, I am helping build a product, something tangible and measurable. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that right now, everyone wants to learn how to program, since the tech industry is currently so hot and well, it’s now cool to be a geek. To top it off, I’m sure you’ve noticed how everyone wants to hire top-notch engineers.
The goal of Ada Lovelace Day is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Today is Ada Lovelace Day – October 16, 2012 is about blogging and sharing stories of women, from engineers to scientists, from technologists to mathematicians. Who has inspired you?
Over the last year, a number of technical women
In historically male-dominated fields, women are rising to the challenge.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
This week, we celebrate the rise of women – “Of the computer science majors graduating in 2013 from Harvard, women make up 41%. And although only 25% of science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) jobs are currently held by women, the numbers are beginning to shift. Between January of 2011 and 2012, the number of women in the IT field jumped by more than 28%,” boasts MBA Online.
In 1987, 42% of software developers in America were women. In the 1990s, those numbers dropped.
By Tracey Welson-Rossman (Founder, TechGirlz)
TechGirlz was born out of curiosity. After spending the first part of my career working with mostly women in both the childcare and healthcare industries, I moved into the information technology consulting space as one of the founding members of Chariot Solutions, a software and mobile development firm. I was shocked to notice the lack of women in my business meetings and even more shocked at the lack of female developer candidates who passed through our doors.
I began to research in order to gain a better understanding of the issue. In the 1960s, computer science was considered women’s work.
“If you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that means you’re okay with being mediocre.” – Ray Lewis
By Ellora Israni (Co-Founder, she++)
It’s extremely hard to sit down and write a blog post when you’re not entirely sure that what you have to say is interesting or relevant or even remotely helpful to the rest of the world. You feel kind of like an impostor, like everything you say can and will be used against you.
I spent a lot of time on Thought Catalog and Buzzfeed avoiding my text editor in the last couple days. Until it occurred to me that this is the exact same apprehension I experience almost every day at work, and that maybe this paralyzing fear of failure is precisely what I should write about. So here goes.
The co-chairs of she++ speak up about the first women in tech conference at Stanford.
By Ayna Agarwal & Ellora Israni (Co-Chairs, she++ Conference at Stanford University)
This Monday, the world’s largest social media giant made its most expensive acquisition in history when it purchased a 13-person startup – a startup that makes exactly $0 in sustainable revenue – for $1 billion. Doing the math, Facebook valued each of those 13 individuals at a mere $77 million, or each of Instagram’s 17 filters (yeah, we counted) at a hefty $59 million.
We are clearly in the midst of another tech bubble. And it would be difficult to argue that good old Facebook hasn’t been a major impetus for this growth. It’s the number one most visited website
A femgineer discusses the Silicon Valley and women in engineering.
“We’re hoping to make everyone literate about the basics of programming while creating a generation of new and talented programmers” Zach Sims, co-Founder of Codecademy told me in an email.
By Jennifer Lindner (Organizer, RailsBridge & Freelance Open Source Developer)
What is Harvey Mudd doing so right, you ask? Well, we’ll tell you:
Since 2006, the percentage of female computer science majors has more than tripled, to about 40%.
This is because of revolutionary changes in the program designed to build confidence during the early stages of learning.
Intro to computer science (CS), a requirement for all incoming students, is now broken into three sections — one for total beginners, one for those with some programming experience and
By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)
Looking back 21 years ago I never would have fathomed I would have become a femgineer. At the age of eight, I had decided I was going to be a lawyer, writer, and professor, because I loved to read, write, and speak. I spent the next 10 years of my life working toward that goal. In elementary and middle school, I wrote short stories. In high school, I joined the debate team, and when it was time for college. I chose Duke because it has a really great law school.
So where did I get off course and decide to become an engineer, pursuing two majors (Electrical Engineering and
By Esther Nam & Sophia Viklund (Co-Organizers & Board Members, PyLadies)
The PyLadies’ mission is to promote and improve the Python community through workshops, outreach and social activities. It was started by a core group of seven female Python developers who decided that calls for diversity required action, rather than… repeated calls for diversity. We immediately set out to improve the gender balance of the Python community, starting with plans to organize a programming workshop for beginners. After three weeks of intense planning, networking and outreach, we held our first class, attended by 25 women and 2 men — and sparked a movement in the development community that has worldwide impact.
By Anna Lewis (Director of Recruiting, Fog Creek Software)
In 1987, 42% of the software developers in America were women. And 34% of the systems analysts in America were women. Women had started to flock to computer science in the mid-1960s, during the early days of computing, when men were already dominating other technical professions but had yet to dominate the world of computing. For about two decades, the percentages of women who earned Computer Science degrees rose steadily, peaking at 37% in 1984.
In fact, for a hot second back in the mid-sixties, computer programming was actually portrayed as women’s work by the mass media. Check out “The Computer Girls” from the April 1967 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. It appeared between pieces called “The Bachelor Girls of Japan” and “A Dog Speaks: Why a Girl Should Own a Pooch.”
Don’t worry, ladies. According to none other than Grace Hopper, programming is just like “planning a dinner.”
By Tracy Osborn (Founder, WeddingType)
At first, I thought my life’s path lay in programming: I was in high school, building table-based websites and deduced that if I was good at HTML, I would be good at programming. But literally the first day of my classes in computer science, I realized something was wrong; I was building programs that spit out numbers, working on algorithms, and nothing was visual: everything was text. After a year and a half of struggling to learn Java, I switched to art & design where I worked on the opposite of what I learned in computer science: everything was paint, design, sketching; and I was 10x happier than what I was. At that point I thought I wouldn’t do programming again.
I recently came across I Learned to Program…, a website for which anyone can submit a sentence-long story on how they learned to program. I expected to see a plethora of stories about learning to program at age six, but after refreshing the page 20 or so times, I was surprisingly pleased to see a wide range of stories. Some were predictably about learning to program on a TI-86, or hacking around on the family computer at a young age. Others learned to program in a high school class, or in college. Interestingly, most male contributors’ stories seemed to fall into several buckets: getting an early start, programming basic games, programming on a graphing calculator, or having a computer as a kid. Most female contributors’ experiences were very different, and seemed to be mostly about learning to program in a high school or college class or getting introduced to programming through another interest (design, biology, music, etc).
I’m currently reading Unlocking the Clubhouse, which discusses these exact trends. It’s inspiring to see these stories of women who, like me, hadn’t been programming their whole lives and ended up in the industry. At the same time, I can’t help but think of the many women who fell through the cracks (what the book refers to as the “leaky pipeline”) because they felt like they didn’t have enough experience, and couldn’t catch up with their mostly male peers (of course, this probably applies to many men without previous programming experience as well).