Addressing The Shortage Of Women In Silicon Valley by WENDY KAUFMAN–LISTEN–
This week thousands of women gathered in Portland, Ore., for the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest technical conference for women and computing. High-tech companies are hiring, but there aren’t nearly enough women to meet the demand.
Kate Schmalzried, a graduate student at Stanford, recalls one of her very first classes at the university — Computer Science 106A.
“That was really a good introduction to women in tech — there weren’t many women in the class,” she says, chuckling. “I distinctly remember being the only girl in my section.”
It’s no secret that beginning in middle school, young women often lose interest in math and science. So it’s not surprising that relatively few women sign up for computer courses in college. When they do, they are often at a disadvantage.