Growth in women joining computer science support groups

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Women joining computer science support groups

More and more women are joining computer science support groups, helping to boost equality in the tech industry.

Business Insider has reported that of the students graduating with computer science degrees, 18 per cent of those are women.

Female empowerment initiatives were created as a response to such uneven figures and as an attempt to get more women interested in computer science.

The most widely recognised of these initiatives is Lean In, founded by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Sandberg has stated previously that, assertive behaviour in a male was seen as aggressive in a female, highlighting a work-life imbalance.

Overall, women face societal and cultural barriers hindering their contributions of knowledge and expertise in the workplace.

Sandberg’s Lean In initiative has now evolved into Circles, which encourage women in the industry to meet regularly and grow female inclusion in the tech industry.

Statistics show that there are currently more than 24,600 Circles functioning in over 126 countries.

The reason why women are finding solace in computer science support groups seems to be a lack of confidence in speaking up in male-dominated arenas.

However, Lean In reports that since joining a local support Circle, 80 per cent of their users state that they are more likely to take on a new challenge or opportunity because of the support they receive.

In truth, there are now better resources for women in what was once a much more male-dominated industry.

Women are now privy to organisations such as the Women in Engineering support group and awards ceremony and the Anita Borg Institute.

Both organisations - like Lean In - offer support for women in the tech industry, they also offer programs to aid the recruitment and recognition of women as technology leaders.

These Circles and organisations provide a space where women can be honest and support each other, shifting the amount of women working in computer science and the wider tech industry to a positive direction.