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by Allan Fisher,Jane Margolis

Understanding and overcoming the gender gap in computer science education.

The information technology revolution is transforming almost every aspect of society, but girls and women are largely out of the loop. Although women surf the Web in equal numbers to men and make a majority of online purchases, few are involved in the design and creation of new technology. It is mostly men whose perspectives and priorities inform the development of computing innovations and who reap the lion's share of the financial rewards. As only a small fraction of high school and college computer science students are female, the field is likely to remain a "male clubhouse," absent major changes.

In Unlocking the Clubhouse, social scientist Jane Margolis and computer scientist and educator Allan Fisher examine the many influences contributing to the gender gap in computing. The book is based on interviews with more than 100 computer science students of both sexes from Carnegie Mellon University, a major center of computer science research, over a period of four years, as well as classroom observations and conversations with hundreds of college and high school faculty. The interviews capture the dynamic details of the female computing experience, from the family computer kept in a brother's bedroom to women's feelings of alienation in college computing classes. The authors investigate the familial, educational, and institutional origins of the computing gender gap. They also describe educational reforms that have made a dramatic difference at Carnegie Mellon―where the percentage of women entering the School of Computer Science rose from 7% in 1995 to 42% in 2000―and at high schools around the country.

Download Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing (The MIT Press) epub
ISBN: 0262632691
ISBN13: 978-0262632690
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Allan Fisher,Jane Margolis
Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press; Revised edition (February 28, 2003)
Pages: 184 pages
ePUB size: 1662 kb
FB2 size: 1490 kb
Rating: 4.8
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I read this book as a precursor to undergraduate research on women in computing. In short, Unlocking the Clubhouse (UTC) was extremely well written and organized (though what else would you expect from research coming out of a top US university?). Technical jargon was almost non-existent, making it a highly accessible read to those outside of the computing industry. Further, I personally found the interview excerpts to be encouraging as a woman currently enrolled in a undergraduate computer science program.

Who is this book for? Women in high school or college that are thinking about or are currently pursuing computing. Parents of children interested in computers. Educators in the K-12 environment and university environment. Any person interested in gender inequity and/or computing.
This book is a bit out of date now, but the issues it addresses remain important to the field of computer science. The approach and writing are understandable to a general audience and suggestions for action are included. Of course, the focus is on Carnegie Mellon and that needs to be taken into account (as acknowledged by the authors). However, the experiences described ring true for me as a woman who is a professor of computer science (and who was a student before that). I love to program, and so do many other women, but I am generally more focused on writing a program for something "real" than just programming for "fun". There is room for a wide diversity of interests in cs and this book makes a pretty good case for working hard to ensure that we draw people from all walks of life into cs.
A great book on why women don't remain in the CS field. I read this out of my ow curiosity and it answered a lot of my questions. Saddens me that society treats women this way and forces them out of great careers. Parents need to own up to their mistakes when they raise their kids to assume a gender role in society.
I like this study and I think it's a very important topic. That said... I don't know who this book would really appeal to outside myself as I otherwise study this topic.

I think if you're looking for a recreational read this isn't really your cup of tea, but if you're looking for an academic source I highly recommend it.
This is an incredible book with a huge amount of material that should be read by anyone who wants to have an informed opinion on the topic of women in STEM, more specifically Computer Science. While the writing isn't always the most engaging (it sometimes feels a bit like a collection of research papers stapled together) the volume and depth of insight provided is well worth persevering through. Similarly, while it's also true that "the plural of anecdote is not data", the personal stories of the women they talk to are echoed again and again by women throughout the field (unfortunately) so there is almost certainly something to take to heart for all of us in the conclusions and recommendations they present in this book even if there is more that could be done to investigate and improve the field.
This book grabbed me by the collar and shook me up. I'm a female Computer Science student and the stories in the book sounded like quotes taken from conversations between me and my friends. Margolis and Fisher describe the factors that affect the experiences of tech inclined women as they embark on and endure or exit from the Computer Science major at CMU. The writing is level-headed and socially conscious, and the experiences are told largely through the stuents' own words. It's a good read for academics, teachers, parents, women, students, engineers, or anyone interested in these groups. It's pretty amazing to see the subtleties of a culture and a discipline as experienced through the eyes of someone other than yourself.
A really fantastic read, even all these years later. A must-read for educators and CS practitioners.
Still relevant after all this time. I thought this book was fantastic.
I'm a female programmer, was one of the few in a competitive CS program, and wish I'd read this a decade ago.