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A Cultural Perspective on Gender Diversity in Computing



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A Cultural Perspective in Computing Blum Frieze Hazzan Dias A Cultural Perspective on Gender Diversity in Computing1 Lenore Blum Carol Frieze Computer Science Department School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University Tel 412 268 8139 Tel 412 268 9071 Fax 412 268 5576 Fax 412 268 5576 lblum cs cmu edu cfrieze cs cmu edu Orit Hazzan M Bernardine Dias Department of Education in Technology Science Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University Technion Israel Institute of Technology Tel 974 492 8978 Tel 9724 829 3107 Fax 974 492 8255 Fax 9724 829 5634 mbdias ri cmu edu oritha tx technion ac il ABSTRACT This paper presents a cultural perspective towards thinking about and acting on issues concerning gender and computer science and related fields We posit and demonstrate that the notion of a gender divide in how men and women relate to computing traditionally attributed to gender differences is largely a result of cultural and environmental conditions Indeed the reasons for women entering or not entering the field of computer science have little to do with gender and a lot to do with environment and culture as well as the perception of the field Appropriate outreach education and interventions in the micro culture can have broad impact increasing participation in computing and creating environments where both men and women can flourish Thus we refute the popular notion that focusing on gender differences will enhance greater participation in computing and propose an alternative more constructive approach which focuses on culture We illustrate the cultural perspective using specific case studies based in different geographical and cultural regions Keywords computer science culture gender environment Women CS fit gender divide female friendly myths western culture eastern culture software engineering software development method agile software development 1 A brief and preliminary version of this paper was presented at SIGCSE 2006 1 A



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