- 2:42 pm - Thu, Jun 16, 2011
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Many well-meaning approaches to this problem are inflicted with the “deficit model” which asks what’s wrong with girls instead of what’s wrong with the way computer science is taught, practiced and perceived. Addressing why bright young woman gravitate toward other majors will not just diversify the field and increase the supply of students, but also improve the way programming is taught and practiced. Ultimately, this is more consequential than just the problem of gender inequality. Software developers are architects of our digital worlds. Would a Marsha Zuckerberg be more careful about privacy protections on Facebook? It would be good to be able to find out.
*besides misquoting Barbie (it’s “Math is hard” btws) article raises interesting points.