According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 10-year job outlook for all 12 major Computer Science and Information Technology Occupations will increase by 13-37%, most of which is much faster than the national average. Yet, while the field is growing and overall enrollment is up at most major universities, only about 18% of computer science and engineering majors are women. Why is that?
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Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College in Southern California, is working hard to change the stereotypes of Computer Scientists by encouraging and empowering women to believe they can succeed in the field. Since 1995, Klawe has been transforming the student population at Harvey Mudd by making computer science easier to transition into, and by creating classes and assignments that are relatable and fun, and successfully increasing the number of women majoring in computer science to 40%. How did she accomplish it? NPR recently found out.