Women in Computer Science

Discover the Craft of Computer Coding

A free all-day workshop at UWindsor for girls in grades 9 and 10.
Saturday, November 25.

The number of women in computer science is related to culture and not nature.

At the high-school level, girls are equally talented for mathematics as boys for both simple and complex mathematical problems [5]
Internationally, 8th graders were compared in math tests and no relevant differences were found between girls and boys, but significant differences were found across countries [6]
Her Story

Computer Sci Enrolment at UWindsor

In the USA, in 1984, 37% of computer science majors were women, but by 2014 that number had dropped to 18%.
Currently, 50% of the computer science students in India and Malaysia are women

There isn’t a neuroscientist alive who can say with confidence which sex any given brain belongs to

Computing is too important to be left to men

Karen Spärck Jones, a pioneering British computer scientist

Sources and Links

  1. Inferior. How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, by Angela Saini. Beacon Press, 2017.
  2. Unlocking the Clubhouse, Women in Computing, by Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher.  MIT Press, 2002.
  3. Recruiting and Retaining Female Students in the Computer Science Programs of Windsor, by Angela C. Sodan. Draft, March 2011, unpublished.
  4. Women pioneered computer programming. Then men took their industry over. Timeline, 2017.
  5. The Gender Similarities Hypothesis, by Janet Shibley Hyde in American Psychologist, 20(6), September 2005, pp. 581-592
  6. Women at the Top in Science—and Elsewhere, in Why Aren’t More Women in Science—Top Researchers Debate the Evidence, by Virginia Valian, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2007, pp. 27-37

Groups and Activities

  • All-Female Keynote Speakers on Artificial Intelligence: What Does the Future Hold?

    As part of Windsor-Essex Tech Week, the TechShow will feature an all-female keynote presentation on Tuesday, November 14th from 8 am to noon at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

    Register at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Student prices are available.