Re: Women still not doing well in computing

Sharon Hushka (
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 14:10:25 -0800

That's an interesting article and reflective of our current status
regarding womyn and computer technology.

Also of interest is the American Association of University Women's
published research about educating our students for computer careers.
"While the gaps in math and science achievement have narrowed for girls
in the past six years, a major new gender gap in technology has
developed, according to a report released today by the American
Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation. "Girls
have narrowed some significant gender gaps, but technology is now the
new 'boys' club' in our nation's public schools," said AAUW Executive
Director Janice Weinman. "While boys program and problem solve with
computers, girls use computers for word processing, the 1990s version of
     Synthesizing 1,000 research studies, Gender Gaps reviews issues of
historic concern for girls--math and science enrollment, high-stakes
standardized testing, extracurricular activities, and health and
development risks--and new areas such as technology and School-to-Work
programs. Based on these findings, the Foundation offers more than 35
recommendations for action by states, local school districts, educators,
and researchers in order to reach high educational achievement through
gender equity."

Change takes hard work and committment.

Sharyn Hushka

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