(NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Nationally, there's a trend showing fewer women are going to college for computer science degrees. In Maine, the trends are sharply In a male-dominated field, the gap between the sexes is widening and women are being left behind.
Why? According to Penny Rheingans, a computer science professor at the University of Maine, it's mainly about perception. She believes there have been fewer female role models in advertising and fewer chances given to womn in grade school. She also believes the pressure to "be cool" forces many girls and women to avoid the area altogether.
In the video above, you'll meet two women, currently in college, who have found success breaking through those stereotypes, and are thriving in their studies. Their success has been, in part, thanks to several national computer coding groups targeted specifically towards girls in grade school.
For more information:
- Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
- State Facts: Maine (Code.org)
- Diversity Gaps in Computer Science: Exploring the Underrepresentation of Girls, Blacks and Hispanics