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Women in computer science discuss their careers and opportunities for women in the field.


March is National Women's History Month, and it also marks a milestone for women in computer science--Barbara Liskov, a researcher at MIT and the first woman to receive a PhD from a computer science department in the United States was awarded the prestigious Turing Award, considered to be the 'Nobel Prize of computer science.'

Yet Liskov's achievement also highlights how few women are pursuing degrees in computer science. According to an interview with Jan Cuny, program director of NSF's Broadening Participation in Computing program, fewer than one in five computer science degrees are now being earned by women, despite high demand in the field. In this video, Cuny talks about some of the barriers to getting women involved in computer science, and Liskov and Tanzeem Choudhury of Dartmouth College discuss their work and what life is like for women in computing today.

Credit: National Science Foundation/MIT/Dartmouth

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