elsrod writes: An article in the New York Times, "Computer Science Takes Steps to Bring Women to the Fold" presents several reasons why the number of women in the field is decreasing and steps that are being taken to reverse the trend. There's a few intriguing/controversial ideas presented by University of Oregon computer scientist Jan Cuny, director of a NSF program to broaden participation in computer science, including:
"If you look at the demographics of the country, if we are not going to get our new professionals from women and minorities and persons with disabilities, we are not going to have enough [to fill the demand for computer scientists]."
And there is data from related studies:
"According to a 2005 report by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, an academic-industry collaborative formed to address the issue, when high school girls think of computer scientists they think of geeks, pocket protectors, isolated cubicles and a lifetime of staring into a screen writing computer code."
If a woman (mother, daughter, sister, friend) interested in entering the CS field asked for your insights and/or recommendations, what would you say? Do you see benefits to having more women in CS (besides *ahem* some of the sillier, more obvious reasons you might)?