Chipping away at the gender gap #womenInTech #diversity
Since 2007, the percentage of woman AP Computer Science exam takers rose, steadily chipping away at the gender gap in high school computer science. While the gap is slowly closing, total participation is increasing dramatically as young women and underrepresented minorities set new records this year. This may be because of such non-profit organizations like 4-H, Girls who Code, and CSforAllNYC that takes time to encourage and educate female, black and latinx students.
Alexis Dixon is a 4th-grade teacher at Arbor Elementary, and teacher lead for CSforAllNYC. She is one of the million women and men who have introduced an entire generation of youth to Computer Science.
We have a very long way to go. Of course, while we celebrate every step forward, we are far from balanced representation in Computer Science. Besides, most U.S. schools still don’t offer a single CS course. And even in schools that do, although participation by underrepresented groups is narrowing gaps every year, we are far from our goal.
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