Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Revealing the Women-CS Fit at Carnegie Mellon University”

Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University by Carol Frieze, Ph.D. and Jeria Quesenberry, Ph.D.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Revealing the Women-CS Fit at Carnegie Mellon University”:

In the fall of 1999, Carnegie Mellon saw a striking increase in the percentage
of women entering the CS major. Lenore Blum joined the faculty
of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science (SCS) that
same year. Blum, a world-renowned CS professor and a long-time advocate
for women in math and science, was called on to ensure that the
overall experience of the new and dramatically increased numbers of
undergraduate female CS students would be positive for the women and
for the school as a whole. Working with graduate students who had
already started connecting women across all departments in the School
of Computer Science, they formed Women@SCS an organization of faculty
and students (mostly, but not all, women) led by a Student Advisory
Committee. In 2000, Carol Frieze was invited to join forces with
Women@SCS eventually serving as the organization’s director. Since that
time, she has coordinated the efforts and mission of the organization. In
2007, Jeria Quesenberry began a partnership with Carol to investigate
the role and value of Women@SCS and to look at the overall picture of
women in computing at Carnegie Mellon. The historical account of our
individual and collective paths has led us to the development of this

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