Want more women in tech? Fix misperceptions of computer science

Code.org’s Hadi Partovi recently wrote a blog post titled “The real reason there aren’t more women in tech,” says edSurge. He listed three reasons:

  1. Computer science is not taught in US schools;
  2. As an elective, it doesn’t contribute to graduation requirement;
  3. The nerd stereotype is proven to drive away women.

While I agree with his assertions, I believe that there is another systemic and underlying factor at play. Students harbor a narrow and misguided view of what CS as a discipline and career entails. This is not so much a “stereotype” as sheer lack of awareness…

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