Ashley Myers is a computer science major at DePauw University competing at the U.S. Imagine Cup Finals with Mango Bunnies, one of two all-female teams at the competition. Statistics from high schools and universities suggest that percentage won’t change any time soon. “Only 17% of Advanced Placement (AP) computer science test-takers in 2008 were women, even though women represented more than half of all AP test-takers. A college level, fewer than one in five computer & information science degrees were awarded to women. This failure to attract and retain a diverse talent pool is a serious problem for IT industry, says Jane Prey. “There’re many places including Microsoft where we need more diversity of thought,” she says. That’s why there’s an ongoing push by schools, nonprofits, and businesses like Microsoft to get more women into technical fields,” says Prey.
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