Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computing

A Historical and Social Study

  • William¬†Aspray

Part of the History of Computing book series (HC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. William Aspray
    Pages 1-14
  3. Digest of Relevant Literatures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. William Aspray
      Pages 17-30
    3. William Aspray
      Pages 31-57
    4. William Aspray
      Pages 59-79
    5. William Aspray
      Pages 81-111
  4. Case Studies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-271

About this book


This text examines in detail the issue of the underrepresentation of women, African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics in the computing disciplines in the U.S. The work reviews the underlying causes, as well as the efforts of various nonprofit organizations to correct the situation, in order to both improve social equity and address the shortage of skilled workers in this area.

Topics and features:

  • Presents a digest and historical overview of the relevant literature from a range of disciplines, including leading historical and social science sources
  • Discusses the social and political factors that have affected the demographics of the workforce from the end of WWII to the present day
  • Provides historical case studies on organizations that have sought to broaden participation in computing and the STEM disciplines
  • Reviews the different approaches that have been applied to address underrepresentation, at the individual, system-wide, and pathway-focused level
  • Profiles the colleges and universities that have been successful in opening up computer science or engineering to female students
  • Describes the impact of individual change-agents as well as whole organizations

This valuable study will be of great interest to a varied readership, including computer scientists, social scientists studying science and technology, race and gender scholars, education historians, policy scholars, and historians of computing.

Dr. William Aspray is a professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. His other Springer publications include Participation in Computing, Formal and Informal Approaches to Food Policy and Food in the Internet Age.


Computer Gender History STEM Women African Americans American Indians Hispanics

Authors and affiliations

  • William¬†Aspray
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24809-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24811-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-6831
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-684X
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