The United States and India: How Does Women’s Participation in Computing Differ?

October 27, 2010
Roli Varma

While the number of women pursuing degrees in computer science (CS) in the U.S. has declined (dropping from 37% to 22% between 1984 and 2005), in India it has increased (32% of Bachelor’s of Engineering in CS degrees and 55% of Bachelor’s of Science degrees in CS in 2005).

Did You Know?

October 15, 2010

Some of you may recall that earlier this year, DARPA issued a call for programs that would measurably increase the number of students choosing to study computer science at the K-12 level. This week we saw articles providing more details about the winning “CS-STEM” DARPA grant programs, and how these programs will work together. 

Pushing for Change in Computer Science Education

October 8, 2010
Computing in the Core logo

On October 6, the world got a double dose of computer science education awareness.

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October 1, 2010
Woman shouting

Is it time to stop giving women entrepreneurs extra help? According to bNet columnist Mark Henricks, yes. In making this assertion he cites a report from the Center for Women’s Business Research which states that 40 percent of all U.S.

Did You Know?

September 24, 2010
Woman shouting

The Wall Street Journal website FINS picked up on a provocative blog post making the rounds this week, which describes how a large banking corporation apparently offered its women employees “advice” on “what not to do”.  This list, a “top ten things” that women do to “sabotage their careers,” included:

Science and Technology Education: Preparing and Inspiring America's Next Generation

September 22, 2010
Book cover

A panel of heavy hitters gathered earlier this week at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. to focus on efforts to inspire and adequately prepare the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, inventors, and IT professionals. 

Did You Know?

September 17, 2010
Woman shouting

Did you know that women now earn more graduate degrees than men?  A new report (PDF) from the Council of Graduate Schools, as reported on by The Washington Post this week, shows that for the academic year 2008-2009 women earned 60% of master’s degrees and 50.4% of doctorates overall, the first time that women have surpassed men in number of doctorates earned.  Also for the first time this year, the Co

A Busy Day in Washington, D.C.

September 17, 2010
White House panel

On September 16, 2010, NCWIT’s Policy and Media representative in Washington, The Honorable Paula Stern, attended President Barack Obama’s speech delivered at the White House, which gathered business and industry leaders from Xerox, Kodak, Exxon Mobil, Intel, Proctor & Gamble; students and educators; members of Congress; top scientists in the Obama administration; and two iconic female astronauts, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.

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September 3, 2010
Woman shouting

SUNY Oswego reported this week that it had received a $200,000 “catalyst” grant from the National Science Foundation to study the status of women faculty in the sciences. The grant aims to look at whether policies or practices at the school are preventing women in STEM from being recruited, promoted, and retained. Although the percentage of women STEM faculty increased at SUNY Oswego from 24% in 2007 to 28% in 2009, for example, there are currently no women full professors in STEM departments.

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August 27, 2010

NPR recently spotlighted results from a Nielsen Co. evaluation of 60,000 wireless customers’ bills, and the results are fascinating.  Those of you who attended the NCWIT May 2010 Summit breakout by Shireen Mitchell (founder of Digital Sista) will recognize a correlation with the statistics she cited.  Here are some examples: