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These are some sites and resources that we've found really helpful in learning about women, computer science, education, and related issues. Know of other good resources? Let us know by e-mailing diversity_site@cs.stanford.edu!


The Grace Murray Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a conference held once every four years to highlight the technical and research achievements of female computer scientists.

Stories of Women in Computer Science have been compiled by the Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. The site has a list of women in roles ranging from academia, to engineering, and even business.

The Ada Project is "a clearinghouse for information related to women in computing.

Margolis, J., Fisher, A., Miller, F. (1998d). Computing For A Purpose: Gender and Early Attachment to Computer Science. Working Paper of Women in Computer Science: Closing the Gender Gap in Higher Education Project. URL http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~gendergap/


Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists? was written by Ellen Spertus (a professor of CS at Mills College and "Sexiest Geek Alive" title holder) while she was a graduate student at MIT. It is one of the most widely cited papers on the issues related to being a woman in Computer Science.

Tracy Camp has written several articles about the "shrinking pipeline" of women continuing in CS studies.

  • Women in Computer Science: Reversing the Trend is a short summary article describing factors influencing the "shrinking pipeline."
  • The Incredible Shrinking Pipeline is Camp's paper describing the increase and then long term tend of decline in the percentage of women majoring in CS over the last 20 years. She also has some hypotheses as to the influence of the "School of Engineering effect" on those numbers.

Toward Improving Female Retention in the Computer Science Major is an article from Communications of the ACM. From a review: Cohoon has done considerable research in 23 co-educational, 4-year institutions in Virginia that offer a major in computer science. Her study deals primarily with the difference in the rate at which women and men switch from the computer science major.