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Women in computing - take 2.

Commun. ACM 01/2009; 52:68-76. DOI: 10.1145/1461928.1461947
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ABSTRACT Around the world, women have made some progress in the field of computing over the past decade. Women now play a heightened role in technology leadership, and they have gained representation at many important points in organizational hierarchies. The proportion of undergraduate computer science degrees received by women has declined sharply -- from 37% in 1985 to 22% in 2005. Over more than a decade, a host of initiatives has evolved to increase and sustain the participation of women, at all levels of academia, in computing. At the faculty level, the primary goals are to recruit more women faculty and ensure that they ultimately achieve tenure and promotion. Improving women's representation in computing must also entail more enlightened governmental institutions and policies. Every computing professional, male and female alike, can contribute to the increased participation of women in the field. Long-term success depends on the entire community taking responsibility for making computing a broadly supportive and inclusive discipline.

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