We have all heard the myth that boys are better at math and science than girls. And though this has been proven untrue time and time again, it has undeniably left some permanent scars on the computer industry. There are still significantly fewer women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the U.S. than men.
While women hold 57 percent of professional occupations, only 26 percent are professional computing occupations according to the National Center for Women in Information Technology.
As a UNLV student studying computer programming, Blair Bauman has seen the disparity firsthand.
“I always noticed when I walked into a classroom it is primarily men,” says Bauman, who graduates in December. “It was really difficult to make friends because I was one of only three females in my class.” Read more here