Julie l. Gill


Original document was submitted as an honors thesis requirement. Copyright is held by the author.

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The purpose of this thesis is to discuss and discover why some women are so successful in the computing fields when public opinion continues to hold that computing is not a women’s field because there are so few women in computing. The roots for this shortage begin in theAmerican educational system, “Nationwide only about 20 percent of the bachelor's degrees incomputer science go to women,” according to a November 11, 2011 NPR story titled “Addressing the Shortage of Women in Silicon Valley”. This shortage is well noted and heavily researched, Plausible solutions have been proposed and it is critically important to get women involved in technology because the future hinges on technology In order for women to play their rightful role in the future of academia, industry and education they must remain current and join the world of technology. Despite the shortage of women in the field there are women of note who have made successful contributions to the field. This study looks at nine women who have defied the odds by becoming successful technologists and seeks to identify the reasons why they have succeeded.