Women make up only 18 percent of computer science graduates in the United States, and the disparity between the number of male and female students is an issue that industry leaders have puzzled over for years. A recent influx of women into a few of the top computer science programs in the country may mark the beginning an industry-wide shift, but how can other colleges catch up?
The schools leading the way, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvey Mudd College, and the University of Washington have recast what it means to be a computer scientist or engineer. They’ve done so by creating programs to help mentor young women, having women guide science-related tours, and making recruiting brochures more appealing to a broader audience.
Read more about how schools are trying to balance the scales in the computer science industry here.