Women in software

I’ve attended a lot of events during my time in academia, but I can think of only one where women outnumbered men (one of the BSA’s Science Communication Conferences). This is not a revelation, of course. It's well known that women are poorly represented at events: as keynote speakers, on expert panels, or just as attendees in general. When I've discussed this issue in the past, I've often been asked "How many women do you expect to see?". It’s a practical question, but not one I've yet seen answered.

By Helana Santos, games programmer and developer for Modern Dream.

This article is part of our series Women in Software, in which we hear perspectives on a range of issues related to women who study and work with computers and software.

How does it feel to be a woman in the games industry, you ask? Great, I say! I love working in an industry filled with people passionate about what they do. It is always wonderful to meet game developers making innovative, creative and fun experiences, to meet people who give wings to those creations and make them…

By Kate Howland and Judith Good, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex

This article is part of our series Women in Software, in which we hear perspectives on a range of issues related to women who study and work with computers and software.

With calls for all UK children to learn computer science from a young age, we need teaching methods and tools which can help novice programmers to learn in a way which both motivates and is more accessible for them, and which builds on their existing skills and interests.

The Flip programming…

By Rane Johnson, Tech Alliance of Central Oregon Board Member and Principal Research Director, Microsoft Research.

Reproduced with permission from the Bendtech blog.

Being in the technology industry for the past 18 years I have seen lots of changes, but unfortunately one area that hasn't changed is the number of women pursuing careers in computer science and engineering. Of the approximately 5.5 million engineering and computing professionals employed in the United States, women make up just 26 percent of computing professionals and only 13 percent of engineers,…

By Pam Cameron, Managing Director of Novoscience, and Clare Taylor, Lecturer in medical microbiology, Edinburgh Napier University.

This article is part of our series Women in Software, in which we hear perspectives on a range of issues related to women who study and work with computers and software.

The title of this blog might seem to be preposterous given that numbers of female undergraduates in many STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects are on the rise.  However, humour us for a few moments and read on.

We seem to…

By April Wright, Graduate Student, University of Texas at Austin.

This post is reproduced from the original by kind permission of the author. Following the original post, April received a number of messages of support, which can be viewed on Storify.

I went to SciPy this week. I'd never been to a programming conference before, and they featured a lot of education talks.

I wish I hadn't.

Last night, at the Software Carpentry mixer, a grand total of five men shook my husband's hand and ignored mine. My total of new people met is a dismal ten. Compare…

By Devasena Inupakutika, Software Consultant.

This article is one of the articles in our series Women in Software, in which we hear perspectives on a range of issues related to women who study and work with computers and software.

“Using technology is cool, but I found out today that making it is simply awesome”  - these were the words of a 10 year old girl after she took part in the International Women's Day Robotics workshop, and followed a day of experimentation, learning…

By Amy Guy, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

In this post, Amy discusses her career as a computer scientist - starting at age 8 - and the excellent BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium.

Having built my first website at age 10, taught myself to touch type at age 8, and long since had access to an array of machines thanks to my Dad's burgeoning interest in computers during my early years, I've been a woman in software to some degree for as long as I can remember.   I have been fortunate enough not to have suffered from - or perhaps naive enough not to…

By Hannah Dee, computer science lecturer, Aberystwyth University.

When I was approached to write a guest post on women in software, my first thought was to try and pull together another post about the leaky pipeline, school science, or girls toys. But that’s not the field in which I do most of my software development. It’s what I tend to pontificate on, but not what I research. I’m a vision researcher. So, could I come up with a computer vision topic that was somehow gendered? Easy!

When doing research in computer vision or image processing, it…

By Phoebe Chapman, A-level student, Barton Peveril College.

My journey into the unknown field of Computer Science started at an open day held at my college, Barton Peveril. I had not come across computing before and I (naively) thought it was pretty much the same as ICT (Information and Communications Technology), which I had studied at school and wasn’t very keen on. Computing has a lot more application than ICT. In ICT, all we did was take screen shots, hear about how to use Microsoft word and PowerPoint and access files and folders on a computer (all of which everyone knew how…

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