Why aren't there more women in computer science?

Tech jobs are growing three times faster than universities are producing computer science graduates. From those graduates, only a small percentage will be women. Today, women represent merely 30% of the information and communication technology (ICT) workforce.


Twitter was the latest tech company to publish figures showing that women are still underrepresented in ICT, but it is not the only case. In Google, 30% of its overall workforce is female, and when looking specifically at the technical workforce, the number drops to 17%. The figures are similar in Facebook and LinkedIn.

Through interviews, animation and flashpoints, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls are not seeking opportunities in ICT. The documentary shows how stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism have an important role to play. CODE highlights the importance of women like Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper to the history of computing, but notes that since then women have been written out of it.

 

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Many institutions are taken a stand in this regard. The digital department of the European Commission, DG CONNECT, decided that is necessary to tackle female underrepresentation, starting in tech panels. DG CONNECT have agreed to always include at least two women speakers at their events and will no longer accept invitations to speak on all-male panels or at all-male conferences.