Retention of women in computer science

V.C. Galpin

Invited talk, Interface 2000, University of Pretoria, 19-20 May 2000 (talk presented by Ian Sanders on account of illness)


A serious problem in computer science in North America is the `Shrinking Pipeline' which describes the decrease in the ratio of women in computer science from high school to postgraduate studies. Additionally there has been a decrease in the percentage of bachelors degrees awarded to women over the last decade. There are similar concerns about the number of women in computer science in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. 

In this presentation, I will discuss international trends, as well as suggested solutions to the shrinking pipeline. I will relate this to the situation that we experience in Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, and to recent research into attitudes towards computer science. Additionally, I will discuss the general demographics of our student body, and talk about further research we plan to do. 

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