Getting Women into Computing: Strategies for Overcoming Prejudice

  • Karen Shipp
Conference paper
Part of the Workshops in Computing book series (WORKSHOPS COMP.)

Abstract

This for me is an example of how prejudice operates: things that you don’t believe, can still affect you powerfully. I think that prejudice can contribute in a similar way to the low numbers of women in computing — perhaps in the attitudes and actions of people who already work in computing, but also in the decisions of women who do not take up computing as a career or subject of study. It is not possible to grow up in our society without absorbing assumptions about what women should be good at, what is suitable for women, what is feminine. A woman may think that women can do anything that men do, yet may not consider going into computing herself because of underlying feelings she has never questioned.

Keywords

Bleach Ethos Milton Karen Preconceive 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Shipp
    • 1
  1. 1.Academic Computing ServiceThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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