A really thoughtful opinion article about how to solve the gender gap in computer science. The theme that I hear again and again, which I agree, is that there aren’t enough women role models in the industry today. Without true role models, it’s hard for young women to envision themselves in these fields.
Natalie Rusk, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab who helped design a kid’s programming tool called Scratch had this to say: “One of the key reasons to broaden participation is to get more diversity of who is designing these technologies,” she said. “It’s being presented as, ‘Learn how to program,’ ” she said, “but not, ‘What do you want to program? What’s your idea?’ ”
Start by paying attention to what girls are doing on their screens today. What are they playing? If you build programs around creating apps for popular games, you might just attract more girls’ attention.