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Glimmers of hope for women in the male-dominated tech industry


Despite signs of progress at some schools, just 18% of undergraduate computer-science degrees go to American women, down from 34% in the early 1980s, according to government data. — AFP Relaxnews

Despite signs of progress at some schools, just 18% of undergraduate computer-science degrees go to American women, down from 34% in the early 1980s, according to government data. — AFP Relaxnews

When Christine Betts arrived at the University of Washington in 2016, she planned to study economics. After an introductory computer-science course inspired her, she changed her mind. 

Betts joins growing ranks of women at influential schools entering the software field. The numbers at some colleges offer a glimmer of hope in an otherwise male-dominated industry. At Betts’s school, as well as Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, women represent about a third of computer-science students. It’s hardly gender parity, but the numbers are higher than they were five years ago. 

   

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