Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University by Carol Frieze, Ph.D. and Jeria Quesenberry, Ph.D.
Special Quotes from the Book – Part 3:
“We suggest that the different and/or similar ways in which students relate to computing, are in large part the product of a specific culture and environment, and are not produced by any intrinsic distinctions between men and women. This is good news in terms of working for change.”
“We have been able to show that a micro-culture can change; shaping and being shaped by students’ attitudes and actions. The School of Computer Science moved towards a more “balanced” environment: balanced in terms of gender (including a critical mass of women), in terms of the range of student personalities and interests, and in terms of increased opportunities for all – men and women. Most importantly we have shown that women can participate successfully in CS without resorting to traditional “female-friendly” strategies or curriculum changes to accommodate what are perceived to be the interests of women.”