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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for any female in the IT fields., February 22, 2005
This review is from: Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing (Paperback)
The book focuses on the results of a "four-year study (involving some 230 interviews) at Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science." The authors did not spend a great deal of time offering solutions to the gender gap problem, but they did offer a great deal of insight into what causes it, such as the way boys and girls play and subsequently view the computer as a "boy's toy." It goes into detail about the societal pressures and our cultural differences that have attributed to the small percentage of women in computer science. I believe that some of the results from this research can lead to programs and other solutions that will eventually decrease the gender gap, but again not much emphasis is placed on what these solutions might be.

On a personal note, it was actually quite helpful in sorting out the emotions and situations that occured during my undergrad work and the fears and apprehensions I had of going to grad school. I especially recommend this book to all women in the computer fields and any woman interested in pursuing a computer science career.
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