The percentage of women in tech has significantly decreased over the past 30 years. In 2014, only 18% of undergraduate computer science (CS) students in the U.S. were women, dropping from 34% in 1984. Determined to empower their own female CS students, members of the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) held an inaugural celebration called “Women in Blue.”
“Women in Blue” provided newly admitted female students with many valuable opportunities such as a resource fair, coding activities, and the chance to hear from speakers and other women from IST. One of the speakers acknowledged Anita Borg’s role in bringing awareness to the issue of gender diversity in technology.
“By joining IST, you’ll help realize Anita Borg’s dream of achieving 50 percent of women in technology by 2020,” stated Jason Gines, director of Penn State’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity Engagement (OIDE).
Learn how the Anita Borg Institute is reaching out to women CS students; check out our BRAID (Building, Recruiting, And Inclusion for Diversity) initiative and our Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Scholarship program.
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