The introductory article by Maria Klawe and Nancy Leveson provides such a checkpoint of the statistical status of women in computer science in the U.S.
Systers is a worldwide electronic mailing list for women in computer science. I am grateful to the creator of Systers, Anita Borg, and to Systers' members, for providing such a powerful resource.
Women in computer science: A report for the NSF/CISE cross-disciplinary activities advisory committee.
Here, we describe some of the activities and programs undertaken by the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computer Science and Engineering (CRAW) to address the problems women face in our profession.
During the three years of its existence, CRAW has initiated a variety of projects aimed at improving the participation and status of women in computer science and engineering.
Finally, Communications presents "Becoming a Computer Scientist: A Report by the ACM Committee on the Status of Women in Computer Science." A draft was presented at the workshop and the report appears in its entirety in this issue.
Funded by the NSF, his study, co-authored by Carol Kemelgor and Michael Neuschatz, is titled "The Final Disadvantage: Barriers to Women in Academic Science and Engineering." The study encompasses women in computer science, electrical engineering, chemistry and physics.
Studies show that women in computer science programs in U.S.
Of course, our focus on computer science in the university by no means exhausts the set of issues that are relevant to an investigation of women in computer science. Most notably, we do not directly address issues that are of concern exclusively or primarily to women in industry.
It is important to acknowledge the significance of cultural influences in the acceptance and success of women in computer science. The studies we referred to show that there are a number of aspects of the computer science culture that may act against women.
However, there is no reason that men cannot serve as mentors for women, given an appropriate sensitivity to the problems that women in computer science may face.
Of course, the only real solution to the lack of role models is to increase the number of women in computer science: recall that only 6.5% of computer science and computer engineering faculty at the Taulbee institutions are female.