"If it is not appropriate for women, it is not appropriate." (via Wikimedia)
Why do girls avoid computer science?
- Seems nerdy
- Stereotypes: man's job
- Don't want to stick out as only female
- Impression that you must love video games
- Accused of being interested to attract guys
- Stereotypes of femininity
- Females more pressured to take certain programs of study
- Pressure from others who don't think certain skills are valuable (e.g. video game development)
- Too many guys, "I will never fit in"
- Girls are less confident, partly due to society's messages
Why does it matter?
- Girls can change an idea or product without destroying or outright rejecting it
- Girls should have the freedom to choose their career without barriers
- We are turning girls away from their passion
- Discrimination is always bad
- Women should have independence, especially financially
- We need products designed by us
- Women can change how women are represented in games
What would make you interested in trying computer science in high school or post-secondary?
- Stop the stereotypes!!
- Enforce a better gender balance, or provide all-female options
- People around us have to stop talking down about CS
- Give us a chance to try it out! We don't know what it is otherwise!
- More interesting application in university-level courses (like robotics)
- More positive attitudes toward college-level options [which typically grant diplomas in Canada, as opposed to universities, which grant degrees]
- Avoid giving the impression that it's impossibly complicated.
- More one-on-one time (and other better teaching strategies) to make sure we get a good base in math.