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Men: "Why are there so few women in CS?"
Women: "widespread misogyny and constant low level harassment"
@Data10 You're absolutely no fun with all your facts and stuff...
Regarding the two drops in women enrolling, the first was when the stereotype of a computer person as a male nerd was widely advertised. That was when all the very first "nerd" movies came out, that's when misogyny started spreading in the tech world
With the dot com crash, and the drop in the number of jobs, who do you think are going to be fired first in a misogynistic community, and when they can only hire a few people, who do you think they will hire? If you answered ""women" on the first, and "men" on the second, you're likely correct.
"Girls and women consistently underestimate their abilities in mathematical, technical, and science subjects, resulting in reduced interest to pursue one of these careers [14,21,27,40]
This lack of confidence even goes as far as that female students who major in computer science nonetheless consider their computing skills lower than men who are not computer science majors . Furthermore, Lehman et al found out that women in computer science assessed their academic ability lower than women in other STEM fields ."
"Several males describe epiphany moments from their earliest (before 10) computing experiences, sometimes receiving the sense that this is what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives. They become consumed early on and their computer activities become a consistent part of their identity.
The female stories have a very different sound: When the first-year females talk about their personal history with computers, their narratives are not filled with long and detailed accounts of all the different activities they have done at the computer. They do not describe years of unguided exploration. They contextualize their interest in computer science, instead, within a larger purpose: what they can do in the world.
Perhaps the most interesting finding in our interviews concerns the international women. Among this group, pragmatic factors (employability, the image of CS as a pragmatic choice among math, science and engineering-related fields) dominate both attachment and choice of major. "