Why We Need More Women in Computing

Despite the growing number of technical jobs, there are still very few women in computing. In fact, the number of female undergraduate computer science students dropped from 37 percent in 1984 to 18 percent in 2014. Telle Whitney, President and CEO of, explained the reason for this significant drop: “As computer science departments grew and the field became more prestigious, the industry looked to other engineering disciplines, which consisted of mostly men.”

Telle spoke with Her Magazine to discuss how to address this issue and bring more women into the field of computing. “We can reverse this gender shift by encouraging educational institutions to support change within their organizations, so that women have the chance to learn about and create technology, ultimately increasing presence and participation of women in computer science.”

Read the full Her Magazine article.