Trends in College Majors Chosen by Women

Interesting infographic courtesy of Plotly; I’m really surprised by the trend in computer science.  Everything I have heard about which fields are increasingly important in our economy seemed to suggest the opposite would be the case.  I’d be interested to hear some explanations.

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2 responses to “Trends in College Majors Chosen by Women

  • Mark O'Malley

    Sam,

    This article might interest you: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/10/21/357629765/when-women-stopped-coding

    I was talking about this recently with friend of mine whose mother was an electrical engineer who designed computers at Digital Equipment Corp starting in the 1950s. He was saying that up until around 1980 coding was seen as women’s work. Too much like writing and typing for real men. My friends and I speculated that since the emergence of Apple and Microsoft in the early 80s, the stereotype of the male computer geek has both attracted male geeks and repelled women. The linked article supports our speculation.

    Mark O

  • Samchappelle

    Mark,

    Thanks for sharing! I would have never come to the conclusion on my own as I was totally unaware of the cultural/societal forces you mentioned. It seems to be a rational explanation. While we’re on the subject, I wonder if the prevalence of data science and analytics, particularly in “social media”, will reverse the trend?

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