Why Should Women and Underrepresented Groups Pursue STEM and Computing?

Women should pursue a career in STEM and Computing because technology is here to stay and women deserve a chance at the opportunities presented in this ever-growing field. Women’s participation in technology will help ensure unbiased research and product development in the technology of the future.

Women should pursue a career in STEM and Computing because technology is here to stay and women deserve a chance at the opportunities presented in this ever-growing field. Women’s participation in technology will help ensure unbiased research and product development in the technology of the future.


What Do We Do At Edgewood to Promote STEM and CIS to have Equal Representation?

In alignment with the values instilled in us by the Sinsinawan Dominican Sisters, here at Edgewood College our mission is to provide equal opportunities for education for anyone who desires it. Our students and faculty are committed to and constantly engaged in further advancing the ongoing efforts towards diversity and inclusion.

The CIS department works actively with the community, including being involved with campus computing and STEM clubs and working toward the advancement of women in computing. There has been an influx of women entering this career path, because there is a need for them in the workforce.

There are many outreach activities that the faculty has been involved in throughout their years at Edgewood College. Faculty and student(s) co-present at Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), a conference organized by UW Madison to promote STEM to middle school girls every year since 2014. In the past, the CIS faculty have collaborated with Maydm, a non-profit organization which teaches computing to schoolgirls and other underrepresented groups, creating a space for these students to flourish in technology.The CIS department has worked with Edgewood College to establish a sponsorship for the Badgerland Girl Scouts to host Coding Squad monthly events at Edgewood College for 2018.We have also hosted many Coding events in Wisconsin Science Olympiad Division C in recent years.

There has also been tremendous student involvement as shown when students have volunteered multiple times in Badgerland Girl Scouts Coding Squad events. These events could last all day on weekends, but helping young girls begin their path towards CIS and STEM was what mattered most. There was also a Programming Contest with Jefferson Middle School during the Spring semester of 2019 that the IT Project Management class put together. This contest focused on helping these middle schoolers understand the basics of the programming language Python, and to see who made the best designs using it. 


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Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper worked on UNIVAC I, the first electronic digital computer, and created the first compiler. She also had created the term “computer bug” after finding an actual moth inside the UNIVAC I.

“Humans are allergic to change,” she once said. “They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.”

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is a series of conferences that bring the research and careers of women in the field together. It is the world’s largest gathering of computing. To learn more about it, go to https://ghc.anitab.org/.