How Computing Became a Man’s World

How Computing Became a Man’s World Sex Roles (2012) 66:250–252 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-0054-x BOOK REVIEW Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing. Edited by Thomas J. Misa, Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010. 306 pp. $29.95 (softcover). ISBN: 978-0470-59719-4 Jinx P. Walton Published online: 9 August 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 The declining representation of women in computing has description of why this happened, but also provide a useful been an area of national concern, as exemplified by the roadmap for how to change the culture of the profession. significant investments that organizations such as the Unless that culture is understood and confronted, computing National Science Foundation have made to interest girls is likely to continue to be perceived by women as inhospitable and women in the profession (p. 7). In this highly and efforts to attract women to computing are likely to convincing book, the IEEE Computer Society has brought continue to be unsuccessful. together a number of historians and practitioners to try to Thomas Misa, in his introductory essay, provides an understand how and why this happened. In a series of wide- excellent overview of the dozen contributions in the ranging and informative essays, the accomplishments of collection and how they Sex Roles Springer Journals

How Computing Became a Man’s World

Sex Roles , Volume 66 (4) – Aug 9, 2011

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