My son is home from his first trimester at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He’s in the Computer Science department and hopes to go straight for a PhD in that field. At dinner the other night I asked him how many women were in his major. He said just three. Northwestern’s Computer Science program is pretty big and influential and there’s only three women? With medical and veterinary schools enrolling about 50% or more women each year (to say nothing about law schools), I wonder why there are so few women in a prestigious computer science program. My son claims there’s no overt prejudice but he isn’t involved in recruiting or admissions.Anyone have any thoughts about this (women in computer science, NOT computer engineering which is a whole different field and where there are more women enrolled)?
-Ralph Michael Stein