According to U.S. Department of Labor, while 57% of the professional occupations were held by women in the 2014 U.S. workforce, only 26% of the professional computing and 6% of corporate Chief Information Officer (CIO) were held by women. This disparity is also presented at the college level. In 2013, although 57% of undergraduate degree recipients were female, only 18% of the Computer and Information Sciences bachelor’s degree recipients were female. Even more alarmingly, early this year the L.A. Times reported some stories about women are leaving the tech industry in droves.
Evidently there is a shortage of women involvement in the computing fields. Recently, the Fortune magazine again is questioning why women are missing out on tech's fastest-growing field and the Forbes magazine is also raising the doubt why the tech field has not been kind to women.
The Mattel’s 2010 book, “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer,” has been highly criticized for its implied notation that women produce stories and design, while men do the technical work. Is that true that the computing talents belong to the men? If not, what are the factors that lead to such a disparity? Is it culture, collective IQ, corporate investment, curriculum design, or others?
This one-day event is set to share and discuss issues related to women's involvement in IT, from the perspective of the industry, the research, and the student.
You will hear testimonies from the industry about not only the benefits of being a woman in IT but also the reasons why you should become one and how you will exceed in the field. You will be presented with facts and findings from research about the ecology of women in IT. A forum will be created as well for students to share their views towards their academic life and experiences with them majoring in IT. Finally, the event will offer you an amazing opportunity to expand your professional knowledge and networks.
If you are a female in particular, you will learn the following from the event:
3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
For further info and RSVP, please contact:
Melissa Zuniga: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacqueline Cortes: email@example.com
Alba Guerra: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Drew Hwang: email@example.com
Computer Information Systems
College of Business Administration
Cal Poly Pomona