Fewer Female Students Opt For High-Tech Careers
April 12, 2000
A new study reveals that girls avoid high-tech careers -- not because they think the work too challenging -- but because they see it as boring and anti-social. The study, "Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age," comes from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation.
- Women now receive less that 28 percent of computer science bachelor degrees -- down from 37 percent in 1984.
- "They are not phobic about computer technology but disenchanted by it," explains Pamela Haag, the foundation's research director.
- In the absence of role models such as "a female Bill Gates," Haag says, there is a persistent "computer geek" stereotype that many girls want to steer clear of.
- The report recommends a variety of improvements in everything from computer games to teacher training, so as to attract more women to high-tech professions.
A similar report released by the foundation two years ago found that while girls were closing in on boys in math and science performance, wide disparities existed in technology use.
Source: Carmen J. Lee, "Girls Shun Careers in High-Tech Industry," Washington Times, April 12, 2000.
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