Many computer science departments say women now make up less than 10 percent of the newest undergraduates, reports the New York Times, and why this is so remains a matter of dispute. Ellen Spertus, a graduate student at MIT, wondered why the computer camp she had attended as a girl had a boy-girl ratio of six to one. And why were only 20 percent of computer science undergraduates at MIT female? In 1991, she published a 124-page paper, "Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists?," that catalogued different cultural biases that discouraged girls and women from pursuing a career...

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