Computer Science to Become Gender Neutral?

When someone says computer geek, what do you think of? I used to think of pocket protectors, suspenders and an appearance worthy of Steve Urkel himself. Now, being a computer geek myself, I’ve realized that women can be chic and a geek all at the same time. With technology having such a glamorous look these days–I mean come on, can the iPhone BE anymore beautiful!– many women I talk to have the same feeling. Being into computers and technology isn’t just a fad anymore, it’s a way of life.

According to a post on, college women are still skeptical about “liking” computer science as a field due to the aforementioned stereotypes, but surveys have been taken and new measures are about to be instituted. A study found in the December Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, summarized by Wired, stated that women introduced to a traditionally “boy oriented” science environment–complete with Star Trek posters, videogames and comic books–were less likely to actually like the field. When they were introduced to a neutral environment–decorated with coffee mugs and calendars–they seemed to have no predetermined feelings on the subject.

Is this going to change the way young women are introduced to computers? Or have the changes already begun? Comment below with thoughts, I think they have already started. After all you’re reading this on the Web, at a computer, aren’t you?

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