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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.

pie chart displaying only 22 percent of CS bachelor degree recipients are women
CS bachelor degree recipients
• Only 17% of girls take the Advance Placement tests in computer science
• Women earn more than 50% bachelor’s degrees and make up half of all medical and law school classes
• Although women make up nearly half of the total U.S. workforce, they comprise less than 25% of all IT workers
• Less than 2% of Ph.D. degrees are awarded to underrepresented minorities

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