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TEDx Talk - Women in Tech: The Missing Force


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This talk was given at TEDxCollegeofWilliamAndMary, April 6 2014. The theme of the TEDx was "Forward" and the forces shaping our future. I spoke about women in tech and that they're a missing force.

Quick summary: 1985 was a significant year for women studying computer science. 37% of the computer science degrees in the US that year were awarded to women.

In 2012, that number had dropped to 18%.

And the latest numbers from the College Board show that’s consistent with the number of young women who take the AP Computer Science exam. A mere 18%.

In this talk, I shared why women need to be a force shaping the future of technology, the impact that gender diversity has on innovation and leadership, and one idea to help reverse the decline of women in tech.

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TEDx Talk - Women in Tech: The Missing Force

  1. 1. Women in Tech: The Missing Force Karen Catlin Developing powerful women leaders in the tech industry @kecatlin April 6 2014, TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary © 2014 by Karen Catlin. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Back in 1985…
  3. 3. CS Degrees Awarded in the US 14,431 7594 24,690 35,478 1985 2011 Men Women Source: US Dept of Education, 37% 17%
  4. 4. The Need Expected US Grads Unfilled By 2022, the US will need 1.2M computer scientists Source: NCWIT By The Numbers
  5. 5. Why More Women? Image courtesy of Stoonn /
  6. 6. Cautionary Tales Photo by Janipewter, CC BY-SA 3.0 Image courtesy of Dan / Image courtesy of africa /
  7. 7. Impact on Patents Source: NCWIT, Graph by DarwinPeacock, CC BY 3.0
  8. 8. Why More Women? Balance Inclusive Design Innovation
  9. 9. Groups for Girls & Women in Tech
  10. 10. Creating a More Inclusive Culture 10%  48% 7%  42% May 2014: over 50% masters & PhDs
  11. 11. What I’m Seeing
  12. 12. Why I’m Optimistic Image courtesy of Theresa Richards, Girls of Steel
  13. 13. Why I’m Optimistic Image courtesy of C. Devinney
  14. 14. Stay in touch! Karen Catlin Twitter: @kecatlin © 2014 by Karen Catlin. All rights reserved.