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Frustrations Steering Women away from Software Engineering



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source IEEE Software
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Informatics

Keywords Software engineering; education; diversity; women
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Description Why do women choose particular interests, study programs and careers as alternative to software engineering? What are the triggers and benefits of these alternatives that software engineering is lacking? In this article, we share findings from a questionnaire study of 139 adult women, revealing the frustrations that women feel along their way to software engineering, whether they have stayed in, or have dropped out and are trying to re-establish the connection later. After identifying the frustrations, which all seem to be preventable, this article pinpoints the most promising solutions, such as the interdisciplinary approach to education, which could be of enormous help to girls’ retention in computing education.

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