Women Who Choose Computer Science — What Really Matters: The Critical Role of Encouragement and Exposure

A research report from Google that identifies factors that influence whether or not young women decide to pursue a Computer Science degree, highlighting that anyone can help increase female participation in CS, regardless of their technical abilities or background.

Use this report to learn more about the four factors found to be influential, including social encouragement and career perception, and think about ways to design library program to better support girls in these ways.

Audience: 
Preschool
Lower elementary (K-2)
Upper elementary (3-5)
Middle school (6-8)
High school (9-12)
Girls
Youth of color
Learner Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Facilitator Type: 
Library staff member
Community member
Facilitator Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Type of Library: 
Public
School
Tribal
Special
Library Location Type: 
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Size: 
Very small (< 300 students, < 10k population)
Small (< 500 students, < 24k population)
Medium (< 750 students, < 99k population)
Large (< 1000 students, < 500k population)
Very large (1000+ students, 500k+ population)
Program Type & Frequency: 
In school time
Out of school time
Ongoing sessions
One time session
Requirements: 
Technology not required
No cost
Ready to Code Pathway Connection: 
Broadening participation
Resource Type: 
Strategies
Professional development
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