Although women once dominated the field of computer science, there are now very few women in computing. According to Lana Verschage, the director of Women in Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the gender gap in computing is in fact widening. “Since 1990, the percentage of female computing professionals has dropped from 35 percent to about 24 percent today, and according to Girls Who Code, if that trend continues, the share of women in the nation’s computing workforce will decline to 22 percent by 2025,” she said. RIT has taken many approaches to this problem, including sending its students and faculty to the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) as a way to encourage them to stay in the field.
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