Computer science and women

Computer science and women

When a young woman and a student Sonja Khan started college she’d never thought or dreamed that it will be computer science. Then she heard from group of friends that it is actually really good and interesting, so she decided to give it a try. 

And what happened after ? Sonja Khan ended up majoring in it. She has just graduated with a computer science degree and she is now pursuing a master’s degree.
Before she decided to study computer science she didn’t know much about it, because she has never considered it as an option. Sonja then decided to give it a try and she definitely loved it and enjoyed it, which is now evident.

Her story seems like a dream and something unbelievable, because only 15 per cent of computer science graduates and technical workers are women. Women don’t see it as something interesting and attractive for them, that’s why the industry has been under pressure to recruit more women.

For example the University of Washington where Sonja is a student is trying to increase the number of women and that’s why they are offering and creating a lot of different methods.
Thirty per cent of University of Washington bachelor’s degrees in computer science last year went to women. When you take a look at this statistic it doesn’t seem too promising, but they are at least trying to improve something.

They want to get the girls interested in computer science by teaching and showing their students and teachers how working with computers can actually be really fun and entertaining.




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