This week, Forbes published an article that said we need more women to study computer science in a world “full of geek dude stereotypes.” Yes, we do—and yes, we can!
In New York, the tech job market is growing four times faster than any other industry job market. Yet the percentage of computer science degrees awarded to women has been declining over the past 20 years—from 37 percent to 18 percent.
Now for the good news: Right here in our own city, big things are happening on this front. Students and faculty involved with Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY), an innovative program that we filmed a few months back, are making great strides toward its mission of “facilitating, encouraging, and enabling a significant increase in the participation of women in both higher education and entrepreneurship in fields related to technology.”
Together, Cornell Tech and the City University of New York (CUNY) are preparing women for rewarding and lucrative careers in the tech industry through coursework and strategic partnerships with major companies and institutions.
Watch this video we produced to see how WiTNY is accomplishing its important work to get more women involved in computer science.