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Google's Marissa Mayer Says More Women Needed in Tech

Computerworld, January 13 
During the Women in Technology panel at CES in Las Vegas, Google VP Marissa Mayer commented on the progress of women in the high-tech industry over the past ten years. As Mayer and other female tech executives pointed out, there's still a lot of room for growth, but the momentum is in the right direction. The problem is that we're just not doing enough to get more women into the IT industry. One solution might be getting more young girls taking computer science at the secondary school level and placing more emphasis on preparing women for specific fields that rely on computer science knowledge, such as product design.
Part of the problem, according to Mayer, is that the United States is not producing enough computer scientists. Quite simply, the country needs more people to keep up with all the new technologies and all the new gadgets and devices that are creating new possibilities and the jobs of the future. Among the women executives attending CES, the consensus is that, while more women need to be working in high-tech, the industry is doing better than ever before. For example, at two of the largest tech companies today, IBM and HP, have women CEOs and there are many women in tech who have made progress in their careers over the past 10 years.
In order to continue this career momentum for women, the U.S. needs to push more high schools to get kids interested in computer science. Mayer was quick to point out that when it comes to advanced placement exams, 200,000 students take the calculus test, but only 14,000 take the computer science one. That means 7% of the students who think they're good at math take both the math exam and the computer science exam. The goal should be having 200,000 or 500,000 students graduating from high school every year who have taken computer science, as well as calculus.

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