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Recommended Citation: Neel, J N and P A Joseph.  Women in Computing and Information Systems.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2006, v 23 (Dallas): §3534. ISSN: 1542-7382.

Women in Computing and Information Systems

Refereed5 pages
Jason N. Neel    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Slippery Rock University    [u1] [u2]
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

Patricia A. Joseph    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania    [u1] [u2]
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

While technology has advanced in more recent decades, women have not shared in the successes that computer information systems has provided. Without the help of many significant female role models in computer information systems education, business, and industry, young women still hold the belief that computer and information science is an unattractive and “geeky” field of study. However, it should not be assumed that women historically have not had role models in computing, for the exemplary model was provided by the contributions of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. Contemporary organizations have come into existence to help bring women into the computing and information systems discipline. These organizations have brought attention to the so-called cyber feminism movement. More than ever, resources and awareness need to be directed toward recruiting middle school-aged girls to study computing and information systems during their school years and beyond their graduation from high school. Female computing professionals need to become readily accessible to such students, and more programs like the ALICE project need to be created to draw focus young women’s attention on the potential that women can have in the field of computer and information science.

Keywords: gender issues, information systems education, women

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