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The lack of Females in Computer related Careers Information Technology IT is a rapidly expanding and demanded industry in todays society However while women do well in IT their involvement is lacking when compared to the dominant percentage of male employees Unquestionably IT professionals must encourage more women and girls to study computing and become the high-tech professionals for which theres so strong a demand Women who comprise 51 percent of the population and earn more than half of all bachelor-level degrees awarded earn about one-quarter of the bachelor-level computer and information sciences degrees awarded by U S academic institutions This has dropped steadily in the United States from 358 in 1984 to only 275 in 1994 However this is not due to lack of ability In 2001 38 of girls received VHA and 651 HA Yet in the same year only 2339 of Yr 12 students doing Information Processing Technology were female This raises the question Why arent girls participating in IT and how can we remedy this Though a career in IT is an interesting and profitable prospect it is not portrayed as being glamorous In a survey conducted in 1997 it was found that the majority of 17-year-olds thought of IPT professionals as people who Sit and scratch themselves and whose job entails drinking coffee and playing Doom and Quake When asked to draw a representation of an IPT consultant most responses portrayed a profession that is populated with geeky-nerdy individuals who wear bow ties glasses pocket protectors too short pants and lab coats They are typically bald males who are passive geniuses who work alone on their computers This is the main cause for the lack of Women in IT When choosing careers the image-conscious female population opts for a more stylish career over the stereotyped IT careers To remedy this societys view of IT needs to be enhanced by increasing the number of
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