Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon and Around the World

Date & Time: 21/01/2021, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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In this talk we discuss our work on the participation of women in computer science in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. Carnegie Mellon (CMU) has been a national leader in paying attention to women’s participation in computing. In the last few years CMU hit a landmark in reaching gender parity in the computer science major. Our book — “Kicking butt in Computing in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University” — tells a positive story and illustrates the value of looking to cultural factors, not gender differences. More recently our work moved beyond CMU to ask what is happening with women in computing globally? In “Cracking the Digital Ceiling: Women in Computing Around the World” we brought together more than 20 academics to provide their perspectives on the issue from a wide range of countries and cultures. We will discuss the various obstacles and catalysts that help determine women’s participation in the ever growing and life influencing fields of computing.

Biography of the Speakers:

Carol Frieze, Ph.D.

Dr. Carol Frieze was Director of Women@SCS and SCS4ALL in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science working on diversity and inclusion for the past 20 years. Her publications, teaching, and research interests focus on the culture of computing, stereotypes and myths, unconscious bias, and broadening participation in computing fields. Carol recently retired but continues to teach part-time in the School of Computer Science. (


Jeria Quesenberry, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeria Quesenberry is an Associate Teaching Professor of Information Systems in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are directed at the study of cultural influences on information technology students and professionals, including topics of social inclusion, broadening participation, career values, organizational interventions, and work-life balance. (



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