In spite of the prominent role of female scientists in the software programming infancy, the female computer science workforce is shrinking. Many are the strategies and efforts to change this fact, in the Netherlands and worldwide. Results, however, are often volatile, and vanish as soon as investments are stopped. Women are smart and perform well in the field. Unfortunately the percentage of female researchers becomes smaller at each step in the career ladder, and seldom reach leadership positions. CS female students excel, often choose for a PhD education, eventually continue with a postdoc. But then the story stops, the vast majority of the senior permanent staff in computer science is still male. What do we really miss? Are our strategies wrong? Should we pursue the goal of a diverse male-female CS scientific community at all?
This talk will give an overview of the recent trends in the female CS population in the two universities in Amsterdam, the VU and the UvA. We will enlist and discuss current investments meant to break the spell of the shrinking women in computer science, and opinions from colleagues will be used to draw a new path toward gender diversity.
In occasion of the Celebration of 30 Years of Informatics Education in Amsterdam, http://www.30-jaar-informatica.nl/