There’s always been a lack of women within the computing sector and being one of the few myself, you certainly notice. Three of the most well-known women within the subject are Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, and Joan Clarke; the first programmer, first creator of a programmer language compiler, and a in demand World War Two Cryptologist respectively.
Despite such influential women, the subject became male dominated during the early 80s as computing software and industry rapidly advanced. The profession was best suited to those who had previously studied the sciences, primarily males. A 2007 Stanford study showed women are less likely to join a field where they feel they don’t belong and are outnumbered; which shows,especially within our own University. In the last five years the Computer Science department has seen a maximum of 19 females enrolled in a Computer Science degree compared to over 200 males; a figure which has consistently been less than 10%.