In a knowledge-based society in which more than 60 percent of the
population surfs the Internet, it is increasingly critical that all
members of the society contribute to the pervasive computing industry
to ensure its ubiquitous nature.
As computing and information technology becomes increasingly pervasive,
women and other minorities must contribute vital insight and skill
to the creation and application of this technology, and are impacted
by it in myriad ways.
Yet, despite significant efforts over the past years to encourage
these populations to enter computing and information technology (IT)
disciplines, the percentage of women and minorities in related disciplines
has remained at best static. This under representation translates into
a loss of opportunity and economic advancement for individuals, a loss
of talent in the workforce, and a loss of creativity in shaping the
future of society.
bachelor degree recipients |• Only
17% of girls take the Advance Placement tests in computer science
earn more than 50% bachelor’s degrees and make up half
of all medical and law school classes
women make up nearly half of the total U.S. workforce, they comprise
less than 25% of all IT workers
than 2% of Ph.D. degrees are awarded to underrepresented minorities